The Holy Father announced on September 19th that he accepted the resignation of Bishop John B. McCormack of the diocese of Manchester and has named Bishop Peter Libasci its new shepherd.
Bishop Libasci was born in 1951 in Jackson Heights, New York. He studied philosophy at St. John’s University in Queens and then did his seminary studies at St. Meinrads. After ordination, he received a Master’s degree in Catechetical Ministry from St. John’s University. A priest of the Rockville Center diocese, he was named auxiliary bishop for that diocese in 2007 at which time he was ordained a bishop. Interestingly, he is bi-ritual, that is, he is both a Latin rite cleric and he also celebrates the liturgy in the Ruthenian rite. He speaks English and Spanish.
Congratulations, diocese of Manchester!