A farm boy from Carlsruhe will soon become the next Archbishop of St. John’s Newfoundland.’
Pope Francis has appointed Peter Hunt to the position, his installation to Archbishop will take place on January 29th.
Hunt is the current Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador
Hunt grew up on a dairy farm a few kilometers south of Hanover (Carsruhe), attended a one room school in Carsruhe, spent a year at Hanover’s Holy Family School before attending Walkerton’s Sacred Heart High School.
He is the oldest of six and all five of his siblings as well as his mother still reside in the Grey Bruce area.
Hunt’s younger sister Anne Rehkoph is very excited about her brother’s promotion and believes his strong rural background has aided him in his ministry over the years.
She says Hunt has drawn upon analogies from his farm background in his sermons and teachings.
She describes her brother as very down to earth humble individual with a great zest for life.
Rehkoph says when Hunt comes home for a visit he spends his time playing road hockey, participating in family events and is always quick to grab a towel and do the dishes.
She says Hunt works hard to stay connected to this area, noting when he can he visit’s the local schools and participates in local Confirmation services and always takes time to visit family and friends.
In 2006 when Hunt was appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto, locals were so excited that they filled an entire bus of friends, former classmates, neighbours and well wisher who traveled from Hanover to the city together to witness his ordination.
By 2011, Hunt was appointed Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador and has governed those two dioceses for more than seven years.
As part of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Hunt is currently serving as the Representative for Atlantic Canada and as a Member of the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council. He is also the Vice-President of the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly.
Despite all of the titles, to locals Hunt is the guy who grew up on a dairy farm outside of Hanover, played road hockey, attended Sacred Heart High School and was always quick to lend a hand or share a laugh.