He served parishes in several Ontario towns, including Elliot Lake, North Bay and Parry Sound. He was elected coadjutor bishop in Algoma in 1983 and served as diocesan bishop until his retirement in 1994.
Bishop Peterson said in 1993 that he identified with people who were struggling and, therefore, worked with youth, native issues and women’s ministries. He established a youth synod in 1985 and said the annual event was a highlight of his ministry.During his episcopate, he received honorary doctorates from Huron College and Thorneloe University.
He and his wife, Yvonne, moved to London after his retirement, where Mrs. Peterson had family ties. He remained an active volunteer with the Daily Bread food bank in London and performed interim ministry within the diocese of Huron.
In addition to his wife, Bishop Peterson leave five children, along with their partners and children.
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