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Father Vincent Liberto (20 January 1903-3 May 1987[1]), formerly of New Orleans, was a notable Roman Catholic priest and a member of The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). He is notable for having acquired new "property in a higher and better location...for a future church" in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.[2] While back in New Orleans in 1969 as a pastor at St. Mary's Italian church, he also made national news for successfully convincing a man intending on committing suicide by pistol at a bus terminal in front of a crowd of roughly fifty spectators to not kill himself.[3]

FamilyEdit

He was the uncle of Vivian Liberto.[4] On 7 August 1954, he presided over the wedding of his niece and singer Johnny Cash at St. Anne's Catholic Church in San Antonio.[5]

HonorsEdit

In 1980, The Italian-American Marching Club in New Orleans, a Mardi Gras krewe, honored him on their doubloons issued for that year.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Fr Vincent Paul Liberto," Find a Grave (accessed 7 April 2012).
  2. Archdiocese of San Antonio, 1874-1974 (The Archdiocese, 1974), 147.
  3. "Man With Pistol Accepts Counsel: Talks With Priest Proves Successful," Toledo Blade (Monday, 4 August 1969): 11.
  4. Johnny Cash, Man in Black (Zondervan Pub. House, 1975), 69.
  5. Vivian Cash and Ann Sharpsteen, I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny (Simon and Schuster, Oct 21, 2008), 271.

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