Fr. Peter Liuzzi, O.Carm.
Mount Carmel Class of 1957
I was born in 1938 and am presently enjoying seventy-five years of life. I was raised in what used to be called South Central L.A. My parish is St. Malachy's. I graduated from the grammar school. I grew up where all young people were offsprings of immigrant parents, either Mexican or Italian. I did not know then how well-suited the neighborhood prepared me for pastoring in two predominantly Latino parishes and to live in a church so shaped by Latino peoples and culture.
I entered Mt. Carmel High School, a decision that shapped the rest of my life. The friars made a lasting impression on me. By graduation, I was already a third order Carmelite, along with eight other seniors. All of us left for Niagara Falls and entered Mt. Carmel College Seminary in 1957. I made my first profession of vows on August 15, 1959. I made my solemn profession on February 7, 1963. Being a Carmelite has and continues to be both a challenge and a rewarding style of life. I was ordained to the priesthood on May 22, 1965. My ordination came with the aftermath of the Second Vatican. The excitement, dreams and hopes of those days continue to give shape to my life and ministry. More recently, it seemed like the Vatican Council had had its time.
The church seemed to be moving into a more conservative stance. And then, Francis was elected bishop of Rome. This is a new time for the Church. I am so happy to be a part of a future church!!!
Some meaningful accomplishments: I taught in our high schools for nine years. I was involved in seminary work for many years. I did school retreats, campus ministry, spiritual direction, adult education, I was a pastor in two parishes, I speak three languages and offer liturgy in all three. I did prison ministry for a while. I continue to say mass and preach every Sunday. I am retired now. For me retirement means living a deeply contemplative and prayerful life with a particular focus on Carmelite values such as silence, solitude, prophetic ministry