Monsignor Urban Peschier

Monsignor Urban Peschier was born in Chaguanas on April 27th, 1929. He was the second of six children. The family moved from Chaguanas to Arima, where he attended Arima Boys’ R. C. School for six years. From there he attended the Abbey School at Mt. St. Benedict to pursue his secondary education.

After acquiring his Senior Cambridge Certificate he entered the Seminary at Mt. St. Benedict, where he studied for seven years. He was then ordained as a priest on November 1st, 1953 at the age of twenty-four years, the youngest priest in the Caribbean at the time.

His first appointment as Assistant Parish Priest was at Princess Town, followed by Erin in the deep south. The other Parishes where he served were Mt. Lambert, San Raphael, Arima and the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception, from where he retired.

On March 20th, 1979, he was named Honourary Chaplain to the Pope and made a Monsignor. In 1986 he studied at the University of Canada where he obtained a degree in Canon Law.

On November 1st, 1991, he was appointed Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Port-of-Spain.

His remaining years were spent at the Cathedral and finally at home at Sorzano Street, Arima where he died peacefully on March 14th, 2013, at the age of eighty-four.

A life well lived.

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