His Funeral Mass (photo below) and burial took place on Friday, 11th July 2014, beginning at 11.00 am at St Thomas of Villanova Church in Mareeba.
Fifty-two years of priestly ministry
Fr Peter Patrick McHugh O.S.A. died in Mareeba, Far North Queensland on 2nd July 2014 at the age of eighty-two years while still in active ministry. Born and educated in Far North Queensland, he worked as a bank teller for six years before joining the Order of St Augustine in Brisbane in 1954. He was sent to Ireland and Rome for his priestly education and was ordained in Rome in 1961. In his fifty-two years of priesthood he was based in Augustinian communities in the Brisbane Archdiocese for twenty-five years, the Cairns Diocese for sixteen years, in the Diocese of Broken Bay at Sydney for five years and in the Sandhurst Diocese in Victoria for a year; he studied in Rome, Germany and Oxford during 1968 – 1971 to gain a doctorate in philosophy. His ministry involved parish work, teaching philosophy at Bayno Regional Seminary in Brisbane for a decade, full-time hospital chaplaincy, retreats in Papua New Guinea, Solomon islands and Australia, and honorary work in the charismatic movement, the Teams of Our Lady, ecumenical dialogue, prison ministry and police chaplaincy, plus being a Catholic spokesperson on Brisbane commercial radio for a number of years in the 1970s.
Peter McHugh: Chronology of Priory Appointments
1962: St James’s Coorparoo, Brisbane 1966: Innisfail, Far North Queensland 1967: Rochester, Victoria 1968-1971: Doctoral studies in Rome, Germany & Oxford 1972: Augustinian Priory, Clayfield, Brisbane 1977: Mareeba, Far North Queensland 1979: Manly Vale, Sydney 1980: Mareeba, Far North Queensland 1991: St James’s, Coorparoo, Brisbane 1995: Augustinian Priory, Camira, Brisbane 2005: St James’s, Coorparoo, Brisbane 2008: Manly Vale, Sydney 2011: Mareeba, Far North QueenslandMay he rest in peace.