Alumni Association of The Pontifical North American College

C. Christopher Peck



CLASS 1976

The Rev. C. Christopher Peck, 43, of Market Street, who formerly served in the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese, died Sunday at home after a long illness.

He was born in Bennington, Vt. He received a bachelor's degree from Siena College in Loudonville and religious degrees from the Angelicum University in Rome, Italy. He was ordained in the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese in 1976.

Locally, he served as associate pastor at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Albany and St. Madeleine Sophie Church in Guilderland.

Father Peck was chaplain and director of pastoral care at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa, Calif., from 1987 until 1991 and active in hospital and community organizations. At the time of his death, he volunteered with the Davies Medical Center Institutional Review Board in San Francisco.

Previously, he served at St. John Vianney Parish in San Jose, Calif., until 1984, and in health-care ministry at Humana and Memorial hospitals in San Leandro, Calif. He served at convalescent centers in St. Leander's Parish and was director of pastoral care at St. Leander/Assumption parishes in San Leandro, and for the Office of Hospital Ministries, Diocese of Oakland, Calif.

Father Peck was a member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and served as chairman of its National Social Concerns Committee. He was also on the team that wrote the Standards of Pastoral Care for St. Joseph Health System, which operates Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa and other hospitals in California and Texas.

Survivors include his parents, Carlton and Bernice McMahon Peck of Schenectady.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Madeleine Sophie Church. Calling hours will be held from 9-11 a.m. in the church before the service.

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