[Updated] New Hampshire Welcomes Most Rev. Peter Libasci as Next Bishop of Manchester!

Good tidings for the Catholics of New Hampshire!

New Hampshire’s 300,000 Roman Catholics have a new leader.

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.

As always, Rocco Palmo provides good color commentary on the appointment. I noticed two interesting facts about Bishop Libasci in his bio:

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!”



  • Joseph Jablonski

    I know Bishop Libasci here at the Diocese of Rockville Center, and have spoken to him on a few occasions…New Hampshire is blessed to have him as a bishop. He is an overly kind man, without a drop of malice, who always walks with a smile and finds joy in all the corners of life, a man truly worthy of an episcopate of his own. God Bless you Bishop Libasci!

    • Rita Canavan

      Dear Joseph,
      How very nice are your comments about Father/Bishop Peter the man, I know him too, I knew him in the early 1980’s when he served my parish in Deer Park New York. When I last spoke with him I believe he was in Montauk before he was installed as Auxiliary Bishop of RVC Diocese, since then I have been unable to contact him. I went online and was brought to the Diocese RVC email and sent him one while he was doing service in Southampton NY but I fear it never reached him. How would one get in touch with Bishop Peter A Libasci now?

  • HV Observer

    Make sure someone sends him Phil Lawlor’s Advice for a new bishop. Given his predecessor’s reputation, some of these ideas are really on point.



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