Peter Brown (bishop)

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The Most Reverend
Peter Hugh Brown
Bishop of Samoa-Pago Pago
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Archdiocese Samoa-Apia
Diocese Samoa-Pago Pago
Appointed May 31, 2013
Installed August 22, 2013
Predecessor John Quinn Weitzel, M.M.
Ordination December 19, 1981
by Brian Ashby
Consecration August 22, 2013
by Martin Krebs, John Quinn Weitzel, and Denis Browne
Personal details
Born (1947-11-08) November 8, 1947 (age 70)
Greymouth, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealander
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post Redemptorist Regional Superior
Motto Ua Na'o Le Atua E Faafou Mea Uma Lava
Styles of
Peter Hugh Brown
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Peter Hugh Brown, C.Ss.R. (born November 11, 1947) is the second bishop of the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago in American Samoa.

Early life and education[edit]

Peter Hugh Brown was born in Greymouth, New Zealand. He is the youngest child born to William and Mary (Sweeney) Brown.[1] His primary and secondary education was with the Little Brothers of Mary. He entered the regular work-force before he began religious formation. Brown professed first vows as a Redemptorist on February 16, 1969 and perpetual vows on October 26, 1975.[2] He studied for the priesthood at Yarra Theological Union in Melbourne, Australia.


Brown was ordained a priest by Bishop Brian Ashby of Christchurch on December 19, 1981. He served as a missionary on Savaii Island, Safotu, as a chaplain in the office of chaplain for migrants in Auckland, New Zealand, and as a parish priest in Clover Park, South Auckland before he was elected as the Redemptorist's regional superior.[1][3] Brown is fluent in the Samoan language.[3]

Bishop of Samoa-Pago Pago[edit]

Pope Francis named Brown the bishop of Samoa-Pago Pago on May 31, 2013.[2] On August 22, 2013, Brown was ordained by Archbishop Martin Krebs, Apostolic Nuncio to New Zealand, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati and Palau. The principal co-consecrators were Bishops John Quinn Weitzel, M.M., Bishop Emeritus of Samoa-Pago Pago, and Denis George Browne of Hamilton, New Zealand.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Padre Peter Hugh Brown, C.Ss.R.,è statonominato Vescovo della Diocesi di Samoa-Pago Pago (in Italian)". Scala News. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bishop Peter Hugh Brown, C.SS.R". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Bishop-elect Peter Brown a people's man". Retrieved 2013-06-06. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Quinn Weitzel
Bishop of Samoa-Pago Pago
Succeeded by