Peter Hugh Brown

Bishop of Samoa-Pago Pago
DioceseSamoa-Pago Pago
AppointedMay 31, 2013
InstalledAugust 22, 2013
PredecessorJohn Quinn Weitzel, M.M.
OrdinationDecember 19, 1981
by Brian Ashby
ConsecrationAugust 22, 2013
by Martin Krebs, John Quinn Weitzel, and Denis Browne
Personal details
Born (1947-11-08) November 8, 1947 (age 74)
Greymouth, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)Redemptorist Regional Superior
MottoUa Na'o Le Atua E Faafou Mea Uma Lava
Styles of
Peter Hugh Brown
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Peter Hugh Brown, C.Ss.R. (born November 11, 1947) is an New Zealand-born prelate who is serving as the second bishop of the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago in American Samoa.

Early life and education

Peter Brown was born in Greymouth, New Zealand, the youngest child of William and Mary (Sweeney) Brown.[1] He attended Marist Brothers primary and secondary schools, then worked in secular jobs. On February 16, 1969, Brown professed his first vows as a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.After several years in seminary, he professed his perpetual vows to the Redemptorists on October 26, 1975.[2] [3]

For seven years Brown worked as a religious brother in different communities, then traveled to Samoa to help out at the Redemptorist mission there. He then studied for the priesthood at Yarra Theological Union in Melbourne, Australia.[3]


Brown was ordained to the priesthood for the Redemptorists by Bishop Brian Ashby on December 19, 1981. [2] He served as a missionary on Savaii Island, Safotu, then later as a chaplain for migrants in Auckland, New Zealand. Brown served as a parish priest in Clover Park, South Auckland, before being elected as the Redemptorist's regional superior.[1][4] Brown is fluent in the Samoan language.[4]

Bishop of Samoa-Pago Pago

Pope Francis named Brown the bishop of Samoa-Pago Pago on May 31, 2013.[2] On August 22, 2013, Brown was installed and consecrated by Archbishop Martin Krebs The principal co-consecrators were Bishop John Weitzel and , and Bishop Denis Browne.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "Padre Peter Hugh Brown, C.Ss.R.,è statonominato Vescovo della Diocesi di Samoa-Pago Pago (in Italian)". Scala News. Archived from the original on August 7, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop Peter Hugh Brown, C.SS.R." Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Pago, Diocese of Samoa-Pago. "Diocese of Samoa- Pago Pago - Home". Diocese of Samoa- Pago Pago. Retrieved December 16, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Bishop-elect Peter Brown a people's man". Retrieved June 6, 2013.
Catholic Church titles Preceded byJohn Quinn Weitzel Bishop of Samoa-Pago Pago 2013–present Succeeded byIncumbent