ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, May 31, 2007 – Msgr. Peter A. Libasci, 55, will be ordained as an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Centre:

Friday, June 1, 2007
Procession: 1:45 p.m./Mass: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
St. Agnes Cathedral
29 Quealy Place
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Since 1999, Bishop-elect Libasci has served as pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux parish in Montauk. Bishop-elect Libasci will move later this month to Southampton, where he will reside at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church. Bishop-elect Libasci is also bi-ritual and celebrates the Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Church. Once ordained, he will assist Bishop Murphy in leadership of the 1.4 million Catholics on Long Island and will serve as Episcopal Vicar, or the Bishop’s representative, for the Eastern Vicariate (Suffolk County).

During the Mass of Ordination, Bishop Murphy will ordain Bishop-elect Libasci admitting him to the Order of Bishops. During this Eucharistic Liturgy, Bishop Murphy will say the ancient prayer of ordination, and anoint Bishop-elect Libasci with the Oil of Chrism. Bishop-elect Libasci will then receive his Episcopal ring, the miter, and the crosier, the sign of his pastoral office. One cardinal and 23 bishops are expected to attend, as will hundreds of family, friends and clergy.

Bishop Libasci will celebrate his first Mass as bishop on Saturday, June 2, 5:00 p.m. at
St. Therese of Lisieux church, Montauk.

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee, the Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. There are also 120,189 total students in religious education. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (4/20/07)


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