Fifty Years Ordained to the Priesthood: Father John Peddle

Father Peddle, now celebrating his fiftieth anniversary of Ordination, is a native of Tilton, in Conception Bay.  A man who has cared for many Parishes and souls, he is another model of faithful service in Christ’s holy Church.

Having worked for some years as a railway telegraph operator, he was approached by Sister Aloysius and asked if he had ever considered the priesthood.  He replied that he had considered it, but not with any great seriousness.  She promised to keep him in prayer, and shortly afterwards God moved his heart.  He met with Bishop O’Reilly, and was accepted by him as a seminarian to study for the priesthood.  Taking a full year of Latin in Newfoundland from the sisters, a year of study at St. Jerome’s College (now University) in Kitchener with the Resurrectionist Fathers, he went on to St. Augustine’s Seminary to train for the Priesthood.  He was ordained in June of 1961, in Harbour Grace Cathedral, because of its closeness to his family.

He served in many Parishes during his active ministry, including Stephenville Crossing, St. George’s, Harbour Breton, Deer Lake, St. Bernard’s, Port au Port, Port au Choix, Pasadena, and at the Cathedral.  Some of these communities were accessible solely through coastal boats, demanding fortitude and self-reliance.  Often his only contact with other priests was on occasional trips into St. Alban’s.

Father Peddle attributes his vocation to the Priesthood to the Holy Spirit calling him forward.  He is thankful for having been given the grace to remain faithful throughout his ministry, and for the incredible support found in other priests, the Presentation and Mercy Sisters, the lay faithful, and his family.