Peter Anthony Libasci

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Peter Anthony Libasci
Bishop of Manchester
AppointedSeptember 19, 2011
InstalledDecember 8, 2011
PredecessorJohn Brendan McCormack
OrdinationApril 1, 1978
ConsecrationJune 1, 2007
by William Murphy, Emil Aloysius Wcela, Paul Henry Walsh and John Charles Dunne
Personal details
Born (1951-11-09) November 9, 1951 (age 69)
Jackson Heights, Queens, New York
Previous postAuxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre
Styles of
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Peter Anthony Libasci (born 9 November 1951) is an Italian-American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who serves as the tenth and current Bishop of the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire. He is also a bi-ritual priest, being permitted to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and administer the sacraments in both the Latin Church and the Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church.[1]


Early life and education[edit]

Peter A. Libasci was born on 9 November 1951, in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. He attended St. Margaret School, Middle Village, New York, followed by Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, Elmhurst He obtained a bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. John's University in Queens, and a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Meinrad School of Theology. After the priestly ordination, he received a master's degree in Theology-Catechetical Ministry at St. John's University.[2] Libasci is of Italian (Sicilian) heritage on his paternal side and of Slovak heritage on his maternal side.[3]

Ordination and ministry[edit]

On 1 April 1978, Libasci was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He served as parochial vicar at Saint Raymond's Parish, East Rockaway (1978–1982), and at Saints Cyril and Methodius Parish, Deer Park, New York (1982–1988); parish administrator at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Inwood, (1988–1989), and then pastor of the same parish (1989–2000). From 2000 to 2007 Libasci was pastor at Saint Therese of Lisieux Parish, Montauk

On 10 December 2004, he was named Honorary Prelate of His Holiness, by Pope John Paul II with the title of monsignor.

Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre, New York[edit]

Msgr. Libasci was named titular bishop of Satafis, and auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre, on 3 April 2007. He received his episcopal consecration on 1 June 2007 from William Murphy, bishop of Rockville Centre, with auxiliary bishops Emil Aloysius Wcela, Paul Henry Walsh and John Charles Dunne serving as co-consecrators.[4]

As auxiliary bishop, he was episcopal vicar for the Vicariate East (Suffolk County), of the Diocese. He also celebrated the liturgy for the Ruthenian Catholic community, which celebrates liturgy in the Byzantine rite.[1]

Bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire[edit]

Bishop Libasci was named as the tenth bishop of Manchester on 19 September 2011,[5] and was installed on December 8.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "New bishop is 'bi-ritual', a rare practice in church". Archived from the original on 21 August 2017. Retrieved 21 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Bishop Peter A. Libasci Biography". Retrieved 14 January 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci". Archived from the original on 31 December 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Bishop Peter Anthony Libasci (Catholic Hierarchy)". Retrieved 19 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "RINUNCIA DEL VESCOVO DI MANCHESTER (U.S.A.) E NOMINA DEL SUCCESSORE". Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Brendan McCormack
Bishop of Manchester
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre
Succeeded by