Hawaii Catholic Herald photo and article on Father Pete's 50th jubilee celebration
A good friend of Father Pete's and my good friend also, was the first to let me know that Father had passed away from a lengthy illness.
Father Dave, the pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul then made an announcement prior to the start of Mass, that Father Francis "Pete" Peterson had died.
He told us that Father Pete spent his entire life as a priest in Hawaii. He shared that because of injuries sustained during the war, no one wanted him (as a seminarian or priest...I guess). But a Father George Murphy made it possible for him to study for the priesthood and then Bishop Sweeney accepted him as a priest here in the Diocese of Honolulu.
He was a gentle priest and well-loved by many.
He will be missed.
Eternal rest grant unto Father Pete O Lord and may Your perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.