St. Peter’s Parish – meet Father Harry Clarke

Father Clarke came from Castlegar to make his home at the Parish in Princeton

Father Harry Clarke has made his home in Princeton at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Parish.

St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Parish in Princeton has a long history within the community.

The very first priests here were Monks who became Catholics. They wanted a monastery here—were taken in and remained a part of the Archdiocese of Vancouver for quite some time. Since the 1930s St. Peter’s Parish has had a continuous presence within the community.

Meet Father Harry Clarke.

Father Clarke came from Castlegar to make his home at the Parish in Princeton, this past August. He is serving the communities of Princeton and area, Hedley (St. Ann’s) and Keremeos. (Our Lady of Lourdes) He is enjoying learning about the history of the church and of the communities in each of the areas he serves.

Father Clarke joined the priesthood 45 years ago. He grew up in the west of Ireland and is grateful to have grown up within that culture. It placed within him deep questions about God, life and death. “It’s the greatest adventure of all—really,”  he said, “I have pursued it all my life and it continues to fascinate me.”

Father Clarke believes that people are very precious. Many have never really connected with their religious affiliations and he feels that it is especially important that children are encouraged to keep searching and not be cut off from the abilities of faith.

Father Clarke explained that on Sundays, people gather not to give themselves a party, but to celebrate their faith in Christ—something beyond themselves.

They come to pray. Prayer is performed for many reasons-prayer for those who have died,  prayers for children,  prayers for those going through trials great and small and prayer for the sick and dying.

Father Clarke welcomes anyone who wants to explore what a life of faith might look like. “God is at work in everyone’s life,” he said, “I would like to help them connect with that.”

Where can you go if you are in a dark place in your life? Explore your faith.

For a visit with no expectations or conditions—just encouragement, call 250-295-3541 or stop by St. Peter’s Parish at 43 Billiter Ave. Father Harry Clarke looks forward to meeting you.