Good tidings for the Catholics of New Hampshire!
The Vatican on Monday named the [Most] Rev. Peter Anthony Libasci (luh-BASH’-ee) to succeed Bishop John McCormack as bishop of the Diocese of Manchester.
The 59-year-old Libasci is New York City native ordained in 1978 who most recently served as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Center in New York.
He is scheduled to be introduced at a news conference at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester on Monday and will be officially installed on Dec. 8. [AP]
Here is a picture taken this morning of the press conference:
The locals look eager to meet their new bishop!
Those of you who follow AmP Twitter may remember this tweet from last Friday:
I’m happy to see this turned out to be accurate!
If you want to congratulate Catholics in the diocese of Manchester and express solidarity with them as they begin the transition process you can do so on the Diocese of Manchester Facebook page and its official Twitter account.
The diocese also has a very helpful announcement page with plenty of good links & info.
Throughout middle school, he helped clean the church on Friday afternoons. He says this is where he began learning about the Liturgy.
Bishop Libasci is bi-ritual and celebrates the Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Church.
UPDATE: Also, via CatholicNH: “Bishop Libasci speaks Slovakian, Spanish, Italian and French!”