Death Notice of Father Peter Chappell

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Father Peter Chappell. Father Chappell died on Saturday 31st December 2022 in Gozo, Malta, where he had been living in retirement since 2009. He had cancer.

Peter was born on 4th August 1939 in Edmonton, London, to Edward and Eileen Chappell. He attended St Joseph’s Primary School, Waltham Cross, Herts, and then St Ignatius College, Tottenham. He transferred to St Edmund’s College Junior Seminary, Ware, and then the English College, Lisbon. He was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on 23rd May 1964, for the Archdiocese of Westminster. He was incardinated into Lancaster Diocese on 9th April 1980.


Assistant Priest

St Mary’s, Morecambe                             1975 (6 months)

English Martyrs, Preston                          1975 – 1978

St Anthony’s, Preston                               1978 – 1979

Our Lady and St Edward’s, Preston              1979 – 1981

St Clare’s, Preston                                     1981 – 1982

St Mary’s, Cleator                                      1982 – 1986

Parish Priest

Our Lady and St Bernard’s, Preston         1986 – 1990

Our Lady and St James, Millom               1990 – 1992

St Catherine’s, Penrith                           2002 – 2004

Appleby/Kirkby Stephen                        2004 – 2009

Other Appointments

Prison Service                                         1992 – 2002

My condolences and prayers go out to Father Peter’s extended family, and to his devoted housekeeper, Janice Hodgson. Janice has been caring faithfully for Father Peter especially during these recent years when he has suffered cancer.

Father Peter’s Requiem Mass and funeral took place on Monday 2nd January 2023 at St Joseph’s, Qala, Gozo. The Requiem was presided at by Bishop Tuema of Gozo. I am grateful to Bishop Tuema and to the Catholic community on Gozo for their pastoral and spiritual care of Father Peter. May he now rest in the peace of Christ.

At a date yet to be decided I will celebrate a Requiem Mass at St Catherine’s, Penrith, for the repose of his soul. Details will be sent to the parishes.

Fraternally, in Christ,

+ Paul

Rt Rev Paul Swarbrick

Bishop of Lancaster