December 21, 1927 – February 22, 2016
Fr. John came to St. Peter’s as pastor in 1986 and retired in 1995. He stayed with us throughout his retirement until
his passing in 2016. Let us remember some of Fr. John’s inspiring messages (taken from his book of homilies).
“In baptism, the Spirit is received and surely we have not been living our lives in the absence of the Spirit’s power.
The gifts of the Spirit – this on-going and ever-operative energizing person - continues in many ways. Some
recognizable…some very startling. The gifts of the Spirit surely reside in different persons and in some we would
least expect. The Spirit is not ‘tailored’ to our expectations but is a master and designer of surprises. The Sprit gives –
that gifts be used for the benefit of others. For the common good, for the building up of the body of Christ. The Spirit
is ‘Present Tense’ not past tense. The Spirit ‘enthuses’ and empowers that the ‘Jesus Movement’ can continue.”…..“For, who has been empowered by the Holy Spirit? You and I are! Who has been promised that the Spirit’s guidance will last forever? You and I have been so promised! Who shares the gifts of the Spirit? You and I do! Who carries on the work initiated by the Son of God?
You and I do! The Spirit is alive and well. May you and I be alive and well in the Spirit.”