Peter Francis Gorges
1935 - 2019
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Reverend Peter Francis Gorges, 84, died suddenly on October 9, 2019, at Providence
Transitional Care Center in Anchorage, Alaska.
Fr. Peter was born on August 27, 1935 in the Bronx, New York, NY. Son of Michael and
Genevieve, he was the second oldest of four sons. He graduated with a Business degree from
Manhattan College in the Bronx and went to work as an auditor for a bank in New York City
until he was drafted into the army. In basic training he became a chaplain's assistant and was
assigned to Fort Richardson, Alaska. There he recognized the need for priests in Alaska and
decided to enter St. John's Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts, committing to returning to
Newly ordained, Fr. Peter moved to Alaska in the summer of 1968. His first assignment was to
the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Juneau (1968-1969). From there he
served as Pastor at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Wrangell and St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in
Petersburg (1969-1972); St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Juneau (1972-1981); St. Catherine's and
St. Rose (1981-1986); Holy Name Parish in Ketchikan (1986-1988); the Cathedral (1988-1999);
and finally St. Gregory Nazianzen Parish in Sitka (1999-2001) where he retired. Fr. Peter
celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest in 2018. He also served when available the mission
communities of Hoonah, Metlakatla, Kake, Tenakee, Gustavus and Pelican. He was the longest
serving priest in the history of the Diocese of Juneau.
Fr. Peter was active in the Charismatic movement, serving as the liaison for the Diocese to the
National Catholic Charismatic Renewal from 1975 until his retirement. He was also an
enthusiastic participant in ecumenical pastor associations in the parishes where he was
He is survived by his younger brothers, Gregory (Mary Jane) of West Palm Beach, Florida, and
Mark (Barbara) of Cheyenne, Wyoming; 9 nieces and nephews, 8 great nieces and nephews,
one great-great niece and numerous cousins spread throughout the lower 48 with one niece in
England. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Genevieve, his older brother
Michael (Agnes) and sister-in-law Anne Marie.
In Anchorage, a viewing of Fr. Peter will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral from
10:00am to 11:00am, on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, followed by a Funeral Mass at
11:00am. A reception will follow.
In Juneau, a viewing of Fr. Peter will be held at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary from
3:00pm to 6:00pm, on Thursday, October 17, 2019, followed by a Vigil service at 6:00pm. A
reception will follow. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Church on Friday,
October 18th at 11:00am. The interment will take place immediately after Mass at Alaskan
Memorial Park, followed by a reception back at St. Paul the Apostle Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Fr. Peter's name to Catholic Community Service,
Inc., 1803 Glacier Highway, Juneau, Alaska, 99801.

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9 entries
October 22, 2019
The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. "No man is an island, entire of itself ... any mans death diminishes me". We are sorry for your loss.
fjohn reinke (mc1968)
October 17, 2019
The Sisters of the Presentation of Watervliet, NY send our prayers to the Diocese of Juneau and to the people of God.
We had the honor of working with Father Peter in the Diocese during the 70's and 80's. Our lives have been blessed to have had this experience of working with Father Peter.
We will be with you in Spirit and prayer as you go through these days.
May he rest in peace.
Rev, Mother Louise and the Sisters of the Presentation
October 15, 2019
How do you say good-bye to the Father of your spiritual life? I just don't know. From the time you married my parents, baptized me, my sister and brother, married my sister and her husband and just recently renewed their vows. You have been there. It brings a tear to my eyes. But I know it is what you worked so hard for all those many years. Thank you for being a part of my life. Rest now, your work on earth is done.
JoAnn Everson
October 15, 2019
I first met Father Gorges over four years ago, and had the pleasure to get to know him better on a trip to Ireland with the Grants. He was a gracious, patient, very kind man. I am happy to have known him. Rest in peace.
Kami Bartness
October 15, 2019
I went to an early morning sunrise Easter gathering in Juneau at the Cross in Evergreen cemetery April 6, 1980. Father Gorges was so blessed by the Lord and able to reach your heart as if God himself touched you! Truly gifted of the Holy Spirit! May you Rest In Peace for all eternity with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
Julie Huber Morgan
October 14, 2019
A wonderful first cousin who always remembered and visited his cousins regularly in Sandusky' Ohio, his mother's hometown. Always a smile, a hug, and laughter, Peter leaves a hole in our lives and will be missed.
His red headed cousin, Judy Corso, husband Jim, and family ❤
Judith Corso
October 12, 2019
As a priest the role of confessor has had the most significance to him, Part of being a confessor is letting people know that they made a mistake and that the Lord forgives themand have the weight lifted from them. He continued saying that if you ask any priest they'll say it's a wonderful sacrament, It could be a one liner or 10 minutesit gives someone who's in distress the light of the Lord in their life.

Father Peter gave me a light in my dark and sinful life. And I will be forever grateful. Thank you Father Peter RIP
Ana Martinez
October 12, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the family, may mercy and peace and love be increased to all of you.
B. Williams
October 12, 2019
I give praise and thanks to our Lord, Jesus Christ for your holy life! We shall meet again!
Bell Moore
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