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Metropolitan Methodios Presides Over Funeral for Fr. Peter Papps

CONTOOCOOK, NH – His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios presided over the funeral of Fr. Peter Papps at the St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Contoocook, New Hampshire, on February.

Father Peter Elias Papps of Concord, NH reposed in the Lord following a lengthy period of illness.

Born on Christmas Eve of 1954, Peter was the son of Jean and Ourania ‘Nina’ (Mourginis) Papps. His childhood in New York City was centered around his tight-knit Greek family, and with parents that fed his passion for learning. Peter received a broad education that formed many of his life-long strengths. He also developed a love of baseball and the New York Mets always remained his favorite team. He attended Kew Forest School, followed by earning an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, then to Case Western Law School where he graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 1979. He also studied at George Washington School of Law, and earned a degree there. He was a member of both the New York and New Hampshire Bar Associations.

Starting with a job in Queens NY, Peter began his career as a criminal prosecutor where he eventually worked in the homicide division. In 1985 he accepted a job in Concord, NH at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire. This ‘temporary’ stop began his twenty-five year career with the USDOJ, where Peter held the position of First Assistant U.S. Attorney, and was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire three times. He retired in 2010.

His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, accompanied by Chancellor Fr. Theodoros Barbas and clergy of the Metropolis of Boston, officiates at the Funeral Service of Fr. Peter Papps at the St. George chapel of the St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Contoocook, NH. (Photo provided by Metropolis of Boston)

Peter found the Greek Orthodox ministry early in life, serving roles in his home parish of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Jamaica. When attending law school in Columbus he was tonsured a reader. He was later elevated to subdeacon, and was ordained to the diaconate in 1994. Peter was ordained to the priesthood in 1999, and served as the priest of Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church in Laconia, NH for seven years. The sermons that he gave each Sunday exemplified his faith, knowledge, and insight. He was a voracious reader, and his love of languages, travel, and curiosity throughout the years led him to serve liturgies in churches across the globe, most notably in Russia, Moldova, and Greece.

His family remembers Peter’s dry sense of humor, the many stories that he told, and his devotion to the Greek Orthodox faith. His favorite color, purple, was often reflected in the pens that he always carried in his shirt pocket. Peter’s love of literature, in the form of newspapers, books, magazines, or free pamphlets, was a sight to behold – he consumed so much information.

His family finds solace in his release from his final illness into everlasting rest.

Surviving are his wife, Kelly (Teller) Papps, and children Samuel and Nina Papps, and Peter Ryan Sheedy; granddaughter, Tabitha Sheedy; sister, Marina Papps; and several cousins.

Friends and relatives joined the family at a Trisagion Service on Thursday, February 1st, 2024 at Wilkinson and Beane Funeral Home in Laconia, New Hampshire.

The funeral was held February 2 at St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center, 329 Camp Merrimac Road, Contoocook, New Hampshire, followed by a luncheon on site. Preceding the funeral, Father Peter lay in state during The Divine Liturgy. A viewing followed until the funeral. Committal services will be conducted in the Papps Family Lot at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Maspeth, New York at a later date.

Donations in Fr. Peter’s memory may be made to the St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center, 329 Camp Merrimac Road, Contoocook, NH 03229.

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