Like Britain’s Fr. Thwaites, he will have a profound influence on the Catholic world
Fr. Peter was a late-vocation, having been a hugely successful and affluent real estate agent in California, before forsaking his glittering career to found and run a soup kitchen. When he was serving poor people, they mistook Fr. Peter for being a priest, and so he followed his childhood dream of pursuing a vocation. As a child, he would role-play as a priest. Ordained a priest in May 1997, ten years later he started offering the Extraordinary Form and has this to say, “Five years ago, the Pope encouraged saying the Latin Mass again. Since saying it these last five years, I have truly understood my priesthood in a totally deeper way as being sacrificial. Above all, I love the reverence and sacredness of this Mass. Jesus is God and truly present in Holy Communion. Therefore we should kneel and receive Him with all reverence that God deserves.”
As of November 2012, he started a sabbatical, and took leave from his Californian parish, with the aim of concentrating his priesthood on making the riches of the Tridentine Mass available by doing research on how he may found a new religious order and start a TV station that broadcasts the Latin Mass every day. Currently, he is travelling around America and staying with various monasteries that have the Tridentine Mass at the heart of their liturgical life, as well as visiting Latin Mass communities. Just last weekend, he was travelling around Detroit, and did the rounds of many historic churches, that have been hosted/or are in the practice of hosting regular Tridentine Masses, including, St Albertus, St Joseph and Holy Family.