Peter Brown (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.

Peter Hugh Brown

Bishop of Samoa-Pago Pago
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DioceseSamoa-Pago Pago
AppointedMay 31, 2013
InstalledAugust 22, 2013
PredecessorJohn Quinn Weitzel, M.M.
OrdinationDecember 19, 1981
by Brian Ashby
ConsecrationAugust 22, 2013
by Martin Krebs, John Quinn Weitzel, and Denis Browne
Personal details
Born (1947-11-08) November 8, 1947 (age 73)
Greymouth, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous postRedemptorist Regional Superior
MottoUa Na'o Le Atua E Faafou Mea Uma Lava
Styles of
Peter Hugh Brown
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Early life and educationEdit

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 Marist Brothers. 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] For 7 years Brown was a professed religious Brother (Christian) in the congregation working in the different community and later assigned to Samoa to help out at the mission. After been a brother in the congregation 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 PagoEdit

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]


  1. ^ a b "Padre Peter Hugh Brown, C.Ss.R.,è statonominato Vescovo della Diocesi di Samoa-Pago Pago (in Italian)". Scala News. Archived from the original on August 7, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Bishop Peter Hugh Brown, C.SS.R." Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Bishop-elect Peter Brown a people's man". Retrieved June 6, 2013.

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