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Letter: Peter Hughes did great work

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I was sad to read of the death of the Rev. Peter Hughes. His obituary did not mention he also served as a chaplain at the Veterans Administration Hospital here in Fargo. That was where my husband and I had the blessed fortune to meet him and the opportunity to volunteer to assist him.

He said Mass at 2 p.m. on Sundays at the hospital, and if you’ve never heard a sermon from Father Hughes, my sympathies to you. I learned so much each and every time he spoke. He could take the Gospel reading, speak about it in such a way that it made perfect sense and taught a lesson for today’s world.

I’m sure Father Hughes will be the only person I will ever meet who has fed lepers from his kitchen door. I loved his sense of humor. He always had a story to share about an “adventure” he had as a priest, from weddings to funerals and everything in between. He spent a lot of time at the Veterans Hospital and I’m not sure who benefited most – the veterans or the employees.

Everyone loved Father Hughes. The ripple effect of his life is immeasurable.

God bless!

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