Monsignor John Francis Peters went home to the Lord on October 28, 2013. Fr. John was born on May 10, 1933. He was the son of Hubert and Hazel Gunn Peters. He was a graduate of St. Patrick's Cathedral grade school, Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico and St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He held several Master's Degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso. In 1960, Fr. John was the first native born El Pasoan ordained at St. Patrick's Cathedral by Bishop Adolph Marx of Brownsville, Texas. He served at St. Patrick's, St. Genevieve's in Las Cruces, Holy Family Parish, and the Personnel Committee and at the Diocesan Offices. While in the Chancery Office, he compiled a pictorial history of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas for the "Anniversary of the Foundation of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas and the Consecration of the Most Reverend Sidney M. Metzger as Bishop of El Paso in 1965" under the direction of The Right Reverend Hugh Quinn, J.C.D. You will find no mention of his name or even a picture of Fr. John. A humble man, he served as the Rector and Principal of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary High School. He was a tall imp and knew when the young men were going to get in trouble. Monsignor Peters served as the Diocesan Administrator when Bishop Flores was reassigned to San Antonio and before Bishop Pena came to El Paso. Fr. John built St. Luke's Parish starting in a small house, moving to Hornedo Middle School as the parish grew and then he built the parish hall and finally the church. This was all done without a single parish bazaar or raffle; strictly under stewardship giving. Monsignor left St. Luke's debt free with the addition and the rectory paid for and a surplus when he retired as Pastor Emeritus. While frugal, he was generous to those in need. He did for the least of his brethren. His favorite shopping trip was to St. Vincent De Paul. He was a member of the West Side Vicariate. He was not an engineer. He should have been. He took pride in rebuilding the organ at St. Luke's helping with the restoration of the organ at the Plaza Theatre and St. Ignatius Church. He kept the air conditioning, sound system, and 360 IBM computers running. Fr. John held a commercial pilot's license. When he could no longer fly, his favorite activities were riding a train, reading maps, tinkering and mystery novels. He was an avid and excellent bridge player. A dutiful son, he cared for his Mother in her old age. Fr. John is survived by his cousins including Fr. Stephan J. Peters, James L. Peters (Sonia), and Suzanne Peters Kelly (James), The Candy and Cookie Brigade, his Brother Priests, and all of his parish families. Special thanks to Desert Springs and Hospice of El Paso. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Priest's Retirement Fund of the Diocese of El Paso. A Rosary will be held at St. Luke's Catholic Parish at 7:30 pm on Sunday, November 3, 2013. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Patrick's Cathedral with interment immediately following at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Service arrangements entrusted to the care of HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME WEST 5054 DONIPHAN DRIVE EL PASO, TEXAS 79932. 915.587.0202.
Published in El Paso Times from Oct. 31 to Nov. 9, 2013