Fr. John Peeters took on a new ministry last fall, serving as executive pastor of the new Catholic school system in the Bourbonnais and Kankakee region, Bishop McNamara School, which serves students from preschool through high school.
It’s just the latest role for this versatile Viatorian, who this year also celebrates 10 years as pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Kankakee.
Fr. Peeters has been a Viatorian for 57 years, but it would seem he was destined to join the community, having been raised at St. Viator Church and School in Chicago, where his parents were active members.
His years as a Viatorian have taken him literally around the world. He served as secretary to the Superior General in Rome from 1972-79, and later as novice master at Colegio San Viator in Bogotá, Colombia. But the bulk of Fr. Peeter’s ministry has been in Viatorian parishes, from Kankakee and Springfield, to St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas.
His last assignment before coming to St. Pat’s was as associate pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Corozal Town, Belize.
As a result of Fr. Peeter’s international experience and fluency in different languages — including Spanish — he serves as a translator at many of the Viatorian international meetings, and as a trusted confrere.