Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The Biography of Bishop-Designate Peter A. Libasci
Peter Anthony Libasci was born November 9, 1951, to
the late William and Florence Libasci in Queens, N.Y. He
attended St. Margaret School, Middle Village, N.Y., followed
by Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, Elmhurst, N.Y.
Throughout middle school, he helped clean the church
on Friday afternoons. He says this is where he began learning
about the Liturgy. He also sang for the parish choir.
Throughout high school, he was active in the parish leadership
Libasci earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from
St. John’s University, Jamaica, N.Y., and a Master of Divinity
degree from St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Ind.
Father Libasci was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre on April 1, 1978 by
Bishop John R. McGann. He was first assigned to St. Raymond parish, East Rockaway, N.Y.,
and then to SS Cyril and Methodius parish, Deer Park, N.Y. In 1988, he was assigned to Our
Lady of Good Counsel parish, Inwood, N.Y., where he served for 11 years as administrator and
Since 1999, Father Libasci has served as pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux parish in
On December 10, 2004, Father Libasci was named Honorary Prelate to His Holiness
Pope John Paul II with the title of monsignor.
On April 3, 2007, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed Msgr. Libasci auxiliary
bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He was installed on June 1, 2007 at St. Agnes
Cathedral, Rockville Centre, N.Y.
During his time as an auxiliary bishop, Bishop Libasci has assisted Bishop William
Murphy in the leadership of the 1.4 million Catholics on Long Island and served as the bishop’s
representative for the Eastern Vicariate (Suffolk County).
Bishop Libasci is bi-ritual and celebrates the Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Ruthenian
Catholic Church. Bishop Libasci has a close relationship with his brother, two sisters, nieces and
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