Peter Colapietro, ‘Saloon Priest’ Who Ministered to Lowly and Mighty, Dies at 69

Feb 12, 2018 392


The Rev. Peter M. Colapietro, a Roman Catholic priest and outsize New York personality whose late-night presence as a regular at celebrity hangouts contrasted with his low-key work at Theater District parishes, died on Monday in the Bronx. He was 69. The cause was emphysema, said Dr. Joseph Platania, his cardiologist. Father Colapietro had been in a rehabilitation facility in the Bronx for about a year and died at Montefiore Medical Center. He had lived in Manhattan.

He was assigned to St. Malachy’s Roman Catholic Church, known as the Actors’ Chapel, in 2015 after two years at the Church of St. Monica on East 79th Street in Manhattan. But he spent most of his career at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, on West 42nd Street, where he was the pastor for 18 years and the parish administrator for three.

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