AS Catholic Diocese to ordain new Bishop, August 22

PAGO PAGO American Samoa — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Samoa - Pago Pago is proud and happy to announce the Episcopal ordination of its second bishop, the most Reverend Peter Hugh Brown, CSsR, to replace retiring Bishop John Quinn Weitzel, MM, who was the first bishop of the diocese, ordained in 1985, after the diocese was founded in 1983.

Both the new bishop and the retiring bishop were once missionaries in Samoa, on the island of Savai’i. Bishop Quinn Weitzel was a missionary at Falealupo when Bishop-Elect Brown was a missionary at Safotu. Bishop Quinn Weitzel will be a co-consecrator at the ordination ceremony at Holy Family Cathedral.

On May 10, 2013, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Father Peter Hugh Brown as Bishop-Elect to serve the people of Tutuila and Manu’a. Bishop-Elect Brown has been a priest for over 30 years, spending most of his service among Samoan Catholics, commencing at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Safotu, Savai’i, as well as among 27 Samoan Catholic communities in Auckland, New Zealand. By appointing him bishop of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago, Pope Francis has seen to it that Father Brown will spend many more years among the Samoan people.

Bishop-Elect Brown was born and educated in Greymouth, New Zealand. His affiliation with the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in Galong, Australia and the Redemptorist mission in Samoa brought him to work with the late Bishop Patrick Hurley of Samoa and conduct retreat work in American Samoa. The 66 year-old Bishop-Elect vacates his post as the Regional Superior of Aotearoa, an elected position that he held while serving as parish priest of St. Peter Chanel in Clover Park, South Auckland.

Bishop-Elect Brown was appointed Coordinator of the Redemptorists Region of Asia Oceania in 2005 to 2009 assisting Redemptorists throughout the world to introduce a new structure of five different conferences. During this period he also served his congregation in the area of formation, evangelism and social justice.

Bishop Quinn Weitzel and the Diocese Board have finalized plans for the Episcopal Ordination, which will be attended by off island clergy and church officials from the Vatican, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and the Pacific Islands. A planning committee, comprised of Board members and parish leaders, is hard at work to coordinate the schedule of events for the ordination on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Holy Family Cathedral in Fatuoaiga, Tafuna at 9:30am.

Highlights of the Ceremony will include the reading of the Apostolic Letter from Pope Francis naming Bishop-Elect Peter Brown as the second Bishop of Samoa Pago Pago. Archbishop Alapati Mata’eliga, Bishop of the Archdiocese of Samoa Apia, will preach the Homily.
Live coverage of the Mass of the Episcopal Ordination and Installation will be aired live on KVZK-TV Channel 2 and V103 WVUV FM with commentary by Monsignor Etuale Lealofi and KVZK-TV Office of Public Information Director - Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde. The broadcast will begin at 9:00am.

Bishop Peter Brown will celebrate his first Mass as second Bishop of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 4:00pm at Fatuoaiga.


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