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For nine years up till July 2010, I was parish priest at St Simon Stock Catholic Church, South Ashford, Kent, England. From July 2010 until June 2011 I was Associate Pastor at St Peter's Cathedral, Marquette, Michigan USA and then Pastor at St Anthony Parish, Gwinn, MI until October 2013. I then transferred to the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon to serve as Director of the Tribunal. And that's what I am currently doing. Since February 2015 I have also been serving as Pastor at St Stephen Parish, South East Portland. I miss "da UP" (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) but love being here in the Pacific North West.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Celebrating Outstanding Service to our Parish Primary School
Yesterday, our parish school community recognised the great services rendered by Mr Peter Runciman who has retired after serving as a Governor of the School for 35 years, from the beginning of its existence. Bishop John Hine, auxiliary Bishop of Southwark for Kent, celebrated Mass in the school hall in the presence of the Mayor Councillor Norman Ayres and his wife Helen, the Mayoress. At the end of the Mass, the Mayor presented Peter with a certificate in recognition of his outstanding service. The day also included appreciation expressed by all the year groups in the school. Peter spoke very movingly and sincerely to the children about the privilege of having served as a Governor and gave them sound advice: listen to your teachers, do what they say, and you'll not go wrong.

Peter and his wife Eileen (pictured here together with the Mayor and Mayoress) are very committed members of the parish, particularly in the pro-life area, always promoting and supporting the activities of SPUC. Congratulations, Peter, and thanks for your service to the Church as a Foundation Governor of our parish primary school.

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