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Giillquist, Fr. Peter

Fr. Peter Edward Gillquist

"It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of..." - John Bartke

Indiana, Bloomington - Fr. Peter Edward Gillquist fell asleep in the Lord, Sunday, July 1, 2012 surrounded by adoring family a great cloud of heavenly witnesses. He was an ordained archpriest in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Fr. Peter recently retired from a quarter-century tenure as chairman of the Archdiocese's Department of Missions and Evangelism, served for many years as chairman of Conciliar Press, and authored several books, including Love Is Now and Becoming Orthodox. Fr. Peter was also Director of the Orthodox Study Bible project and served as National Chaplain of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Fr. Peter was born in Minneapolis, MN to Parker and Louise (Blitsch) Gillquist on July 13, 1938. He married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Grinder in 1960. They moved to Bloomington, Indiana in 2009 after being long-term residents of Santa Barbara, California. Fr. Peter’s education included a B.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He pursued graduate studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and Wheaton College. He served on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, was Director of Development at the University of Memphis, and later became Editor of Christian Books at Thomas Nelson Publishing Company. Fr. Peter was instrumental in leading 2,000 formerly-Protestant Christians, members of the Evangelical Orthodox Church, into canonical Orthodoxy in 1987. Fr. Peter is survived by his wife Marilyn, and his six children Wendy (Tom) Braun, Greg (Jennifer) Gillquist, Ginger (Mick Kronman) Gillquist, Terri (Scott) Speier, Heidi (Darrin) James, Fr. Peter Jon (Kristina) Gillquist and twenty grandchildren. (His first great-grandchild, Peter, is expected in October!) Fr. Peter is also survived by his stepmother, Marion Gillquist, four siblings, a niece and four nephews. Friday, July 6, 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy (His Grace Bishop Anthony Presiding) 11 a.m. Funeral Service followed by Mercy Meal at Holy Trinity GOC 3:30 p.m. Burial Service at All Saints Cemetery in Bloomington. To offer online condolences or for more information, visit Arrangements by: Day Funeral Home (812)336-6331

Published in The Commercial Appeal Memphis, TN on July 4, 2012
Published in The Minneapolis Star Tribune on July 4, 2012

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