of ministry so far?
Being inspired by the faith of the
people I’ve met, especially Catholics
in parts of Asia who are being
persecuted for their faith and those
in parts of East Africa who literally
own nothing—yet faithfully walk for
miles every day to attend Mass.
Thérèse of Lisieux, the “Little
Flower,” is the patroness of missions
and my personal hero. I try to live
by her “Little Way” of letting go of
my own selfishness by surrendering
to God. I think it’s necessary to do
this as a seminarian, particularly one
living as I am now, in a completely
with your community?
While visiting a group of Maryknoll
priests in rural Tanzania, a herd of
cows got loose from a local tribe
and stampeded through our camp.
They shredded my tent to pieces. For
about a week I slept in the back of an
old pick-up truck. It wasn’t too funny
at the time, but now I can look back
on the experience and laugh about it!
Favorite way to pray?
Taking quiet time for myself in
front of the Blessed Sacrament is
important, but the main way I pray is
by getting out and interacting with
other people. It’s very hard for me
to sit still, so my favorite way to find
God is to explore my surroundings,
appreciate the beauty of the place
I’m in, and sense God’s presence in
those I meet.
be surprised to learn . . .
I was a contestant on the TV game
show Jeopardy in 2009.
If you grow up in Detroit with a mom who’s a cop and a dad who
works in a steel factory, chances are you learn something about
service and resilience. Those traits come in handy in the missionary
life, which is where Peter Latouf finds himself now. These days the
seminarian is learning Mandarin Chinese to prepare to serve as a
priest in Asia.
Following an exciting stint of overseas teaching while in college, Peter acted on a lifelong interest in religious life and found
his community, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, through the
VISION Vocation Network’s VocationMatch.com. “I saw in the
Maryknoll priests the same willingness to serve and spirit of adventure that I had,” he says.
Service with a side
PETER LATOUF, M.M.