Thursday memorial service for Vincent Peters

Friday January 20, 2017 Written by Published in Local

A MEMORIAL mass for the late Deacon Vincent Faga Peters will be held at St Joseph’s Cathedral on Thursday.


Bishop Paul Donoghue says the service is an opportunity for Cook Islanders and all those who knew Peters to come together and pray for him.

“Friends, former colleagues and church members are welcome to join the prayer service and celebrate his life. It is an opportunity for friends to recall memories of Vincent.”

Bishop Donoghue said there had been much sadness among the Catholic community as they had lost someone who had shown much promise but had passed on at the age of just 42.

“After years of studying, his church ministry was only beginning and this is a big loss to the Catholic Church.”

Bishop Donoghue said Father Freddy Kaina was now the only local Catholic priest left in Cook Islands.

However, Peters’ death was an opportunity for Cook Islanders to step up and consider priesthood as their calling, he said.

Peters passed away on the evening of January 6 in Fiji after suffering from cancer.

Peters was in his final steps to be ordained last month, but his illness prevented the ordination from going ahead.

Peters, who was born on September 29, 1974 in Suva Fiji, worked for Cook Islands Television from 1999-2008. He made the decision to become a priest and spent from January 2009 to November 2015 at the Pacific Regional Seminary in Suva.

At the end of 2011 Peters graduated with a Diploma in Theology and had to complete another four years of study and practical work before being ordained as a priest. 

He completed his Diploma in Theology in 2011 and Bachelor of Divinity with distinction in 2015.

Peters was buried in Fiji earlier this week and Avarua Catholic Church member Kimi Narovu attended the funeral service.

The memorial service starts at 6.30pm on Thursday, January 19 at the cathedral in Avarua.

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