|Birth: ||Aug. 6, 1926|
|Death: ||Jul. 31, 2013|
San Luis Obispo County
Fr. Peter Parchem O.F.M. Conv., 86, of Pismo Beach, passed away Monday, July 31, 2013. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m., with a funeral Mass at 7 p.m., Monday, August 5, 2013, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 800 Bello St. in Pismo Beach. The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, also at St. Paul's, with a reception to follow. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph of Cupertino Friary, 1352 Dale Ave. in Arroyo Grande. Marshall-Spoo 489-5552 Grover Beach
Fr. Peter (John) Parchem was born in Chicago, Ill on August 6, 1926 to August and Mary (Iglinski) Parchem. He graduated from St. Mary of Perpetual Help High School in 1944, in Chicago, Ill. Through the inspiration of novice director Fr. Matthew Baran, OFM Conv., Peter was invested with the habit for the Conventual Franciscans of St. Bonaventure Province on September 4, 1944 at St. Bronislava Church, Chicago, Ill. He professed his simple profession on September 9, 1945 at St. Bonaventure Friary, Lake Forest, Ill. He attended undergraduate studies at St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY, St. Joseph of Cupertino Friary in Ellicott City, MD, and Our Lady of Carey, Carey, OH. In 1947, Fr. Peter was sent to the Seraphicum in Rome, Italy for theological studies where he also professed solemn vows on October 4, 1948 at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Assisi, Italy, in the hands of the Minister General, Fr. Bede Hess, OFM Conv. (+1953). His classmate at solemn profession was Fr. LanFranco Serrini, OFM Conv. (+2015), the future 116th Minister General of the Conventual Franciscan Order (1984-1996). They remained good friends and stayed in touch over the years. It was also while in Rome that Peter was ordained to the priesthood at the Basilica of the Holy Apostles on March 10, 1951, by His Eminence Luigi Cardinal Traglia (1895-1977), the future Dean of the College of Cardinals.
Returning to the United States, Fr. Peter first assignment was as associate pastor at. St. Anthonyís Church, Rockford, Ill (1951-1958) where he was known for being always very supportive of young priests and seminarians who came for special events at the parish. In 1958, Fr. Peter journeyed to Riverside, California where he served two terms each at both St. Thomas the Apostle Church (1958-1965, 1966-1975) and Queen of the Angels Church (1965-1966, 1975-1978). It was while at St. Thomas that Fr. Peter constructed a new church for the parish to serve the needs of a growing community, which was dedicated by Bishop John Quinn, Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego, on June 15, 1969. In 1978, Fr. Peter traveled up to the Central Coast of California where he became pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church, in Pismo Beach, CA. (1978-1991) and where he would spend the reminder of his life.
His assignment to Pismo Beach, CA. coincided with the establishment of the California custody (1978) and eventual Province of St. Joseph of Cupertino (1981) where he became a founding member and would serve in various offices: Vicar Custos and Vicar Provincial (1981-1991), Treasurer and Custos Capitularis (1994-1997) and as a delegate to numerous provincial chapters. Fr. Peter was instrumental in helping the community acquire the ten acre property in Arroyo Grande, CA. that would become Cupertino Heights, the site of the Provincial Mother House and Novitiate. In his leadership capacity for the community, Fr. Peter was remembered for being always helpful and encouraging, never critical, a man of deep faith & commitment. His family members were also always supportive and generous to the Provinceís new developments and projects in Arroyo Grande.
After retiring as pastor of St. Paulís, Pismo Beach, Fr. Peter continued to assist the parish in whatever way he could. On September 27, 1998, as fire engulfed the interior of the church, Fr. Peter rushed in to save the Eucharist in the tabernacle from destruction; an act for which he received a stern rebuke from the firemen who came to battle the blaze.
Fr. Peter relocated to the friarsí Clare House on Longview Street a short distance from the parish. It was there that he met Sister Death on July 31, 2013. After a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul the Apostle Church, on August 6th (what would have been his 87th birthday), Fr. Peterís mortal remains were laid to rest at the Provincial Cemetery, Arroyo Grande, CA. Fr. Peter was dearly loved by the people and deeply missed by his Franciscan confreres.
Note: Conventual Franciscan priest
Saint Joseph of Cupertino Province Cemetery
San Luis Obispo County
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Record added: Aug 04, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 114904352
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