Necrology - REV. FR. STEPHEN SEGUN PETERS

Necrology - REV. FR. STEPHEN SEGUN PETERS

REV. FR. STEPHEN SEGUN PETERS

RLIFE ENDED, LIFE BEGUN

Rev. Fr. Stephen Segun Peters, MSP was born on September 07, 1963, to the Late Augustus O. Peters and Mrs. Veronica O. Peters. He was the last of his mother's four children.

A native of Abeokuta in Ogun State, Fr. Peters had his early upbringing and education at Badagry in Lagos State.  He underwent studies towards becoming a Quantity Surveyor at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, shortly after which he felt the call to the priesthood.   In his desire to answer that call he applied to the Missionary Society of St. Paul where he studied Philosophy and Theology and was ordained on June 28th 1997, alongside nine others.

The first of the thirteen in his class to arrive Iperu-Remo for his Spiritual formation house to begin his initial formation to the Missionary priesthood on October 23, 1988, Fr. Segun Peters is also the first to die from the Class at the age of 35.

In his short life, Fr. Peters had positively touched the lives of many.  He was admired for his high sense of fairness.  He was a silent member of the Amnesty International as well as an advocate of the Justice, Development and Peace Commission in Nigeria.  He was due for studies in the field of Justice and Peace in the U.K. later this year but the unexpected has happened.

He was admired for his openness, capability and calm confidence in handling issues.  He was extremely sensitive to the feelings of others and believed in seeking everybody's opinion before deciding on matters affecting members of the community.  A real pro-democrat, he was one of the independent monitors at the last presidential election in the Iperu-Remo area of Ogun State.

Segun was a good listener. A true priest of God, he was not particularly attached to anyone but held all who came in contact with him spell-bound with his cheerfulness, eloquence and kindness.

The Spiritual year candidates with whom he spent all his barely two years in the priesthood  describe him variously as an accommodating, creative, down to earth and generous man.  Even his death resulted from an act of generosity. He was on his way to Sacred Heart Hospital, at Lantror, Abeokuta in Ogun State to visit the sick when he had the accident on Friday April 23rd that left him unconscious until his death exactly one week later on April 30th at Catholic Hospital, Oluyoro Ibadan.

Fr. Peters will be missed by his family and many friends especially the various classes of youth that he had worked with as a facilitator of leadership workshops, Ogun State NYSC Chaplain (1998/1999) and groups animator through the Lumko method of Catechesis.  He was also a very prominent member of the DELES family in Nigeria.  But most of all, he will be missed by all the members of the Missionary Society of St. Paul with whom he shared brotherhood in a special way.

Like a flower that grows from within through a crack and continuous to blossom on the other side of the fence, so we believe and hope that Fr. Segun will continue to blossom in the life hereafter. His life is changed, not ended.

Sege, may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.

Rev. Fr. Vitalis Kondo, MSP

(Classmate and colleague)

(culled from the Funeral rites of Rev. Fr. Stephen Olusegun Peters, MSP Wednesday, May 12, 1999, Gwagwalada).

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