To all Clamagore shipmates, greetings! Let me introduce myself. I served on Clamagore in late 1966 and early 1967 as Ship’s Yeoman. My name then was Sheldon Peters, nicknamed ‘Pete.’ For those who may need a memory jog, I was the YN when Clamagore ran through the Touring Catamaran in San Juan Harbor. I left the Navy from Clamagore and entered St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, KS; my name was changed to Aaron, and was eventually ordained to the priesthood in 1977. Since then I’ve taught in our College (Benedictine College), served in numerous parishes in Northeast Kansas, was chaplain at an alcohol and drug treatment center for many years, and even returned to the Navy as a Chaplain for a couple of years. Since 1995 I have been Chaplain for the Ursuline Sisters in Paola, Kansas.
I am especially honored to have been asked to serve all of you again, this time as your Chaplain for the Clamagore Veterans Association. I think I may have a hard time filling the shoes of Andy Jordan, but with God’s help I’ll give it a good try. I may not be able to attend everything, but I am available to any of you who may wish some spiritual counsel, or just wish to ask questions. I don’t have all the answers, but I do know the Good Lord will assist me in assisting you.
Please feel free to contact me at any time, night or day.
My address is:
Rev. Aaron S. Peters, O.S.B. St. Benedict's Abbey
1020 N. 2nd
St.Atchison, KS 66002
St. John Chrysostom once wrote in one of his many sermons:
“ The sea is surging and the waves are high: but we have nothing to fear because we stand on a rock–the rock of faith.”
May God, who looked on what he had created and called it good, bless all of you.
Fr. Aaron S. Peters, O.S.B.