Bishop Peter Libasci
Diocese of Rockville Centre
Assigned as follows:
- St. Raymond (East Rockaway, NY)
- SS Cyril and Methodius (Deer Park, NY)
- Our Lady of Good Counsel (Inwood, NY)
- St. Therese of Lisieux (Montauk, NY)
- St. Agnes Cathedral (Rockville Centre, NY)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Bp. Peter Libasci:
Bp. Peter Libasci was ordained a priest in 1978, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. In December 2004, Father Libasci was named Honorary Prelate to His Holiness Pope John Paul II with the title of monsignor. In April 2007, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed Msgr. Libasci auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, followed by his appointment as the tenth Bishop of Manchester in September 2011.
According to media reports, in July 2021, Bp. Libasci was named in a lawsuit filed in NY Supreme Court alleging that he sexually abused a minor male on multiple occasions in 1983 and 1984. The boy, who was 12 or 13 at the time, was a student at the Saints Cyril and Methodius School in Deer Park, New York, which merged with another school to become Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School. The alleged abuse included fondling and groping the child’s genitals.
Since the allegations involve a current diocesan bishop, the Diocese of Rockville Center, which includes Saints Cyril, reportedly notified the Vatican of the lawsuit, as well as to the Suffolk County District Attorney.
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