July 9, 2012

Fr W Allan Peterkin SJ passed away peacefully on 6 July 2012 at the age of 89 at Rene Goupil House (Jesuit residence) in Pickering, Ontario. Fr Peterkin was an alumnus of St Paul’s High School, Class of 1941. After graduation he entered the Jesuit novitiate at Guelph in 1945 and from 1950 to 1955 he studied philosophy at l’Immaculée-Conception in Montréal.  Afterwards, Fr Peterkin studied theology at Regis College in Toronto and was ordained a priest on 21 June 1959.

Fr Peterkin’s ministry was primarily as a chaplain and counselor. He exercised his nearly 50 year apostolate in Saskatchewan and Ontario, in Regina, Guelph, Toronto, Manresa, Bath and Dale. To further his pastoral ministry he took several years of theological studies at Marquette University in Milwaukee and at the Andover Newton Theological School near Boston.

Fr Peterkin is fondly remembered by his fellow Jesuits as a paradigm of pastoral zeal and openness.

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