Fr. Peter Finney III, Pastor
Fr. Peter was appointed administrator of St. Rita Parish in July 2016 and pastor in July 2018.
Born in Rockville Centre, NY, but to two native New Orleanians, Fr. Peter Finney comes to St. Rita’s Parish as a local -- despite any failings on his birth certificate. He and his three siblings were raised in Gentilly, attending school at and becoming parishioners of St. Frances Cabrini. After graduating from Jesuit High School and studying at the University of New Orleans, Fr. Peter entered seminary formation for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, beginning his studies at St. Joseph Seminary College (St. Ben’s), continuing them for a year at Notre Dame Seminary, and then completing his theological studies in Rome at the Pontifical North American College. In his four years abroad, Fr. Peter earned degrees from the Dominican-run Angelicum University and the Redemptoris-staffed l'Accademia Alfonsiana, the second of which being a Sacred Theological Licentiate in Social Moral Ethics.
Ordained a priest for the archdiocese in 2010, Fr. Peter spent his first year of priesthood completing his degree in Rome and the next five years as parochial vicar of St. Clement of Rome Parish in Metairie and St. Peter Parish in Covington.