Fr. Peter Timothy Wigton was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord by Bishop Bernard A. Hebda on June 9, 2012 at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord.
Fr. Peter grew up in northern Lower Michigan, the fifth child of ten siblings born to Deacon Douglas and Janice Wigton of Cedar. His brother is Fr. Matthew Wigton, Chancellor and Vocations Director for the Diocese of Gaylord.
Fr. Peter attended Holy Rosary Elementary School in Cedar and graduated from St. Mary School in Lake Leelanau in 2001. Before graduating from Franciscan University in Steubenville in 2005, Fr. Peter began exploring spiritualties’ of various religious communities as he sought to listen more carefully to God’s call for his life. He decided to join the Friars Minor of Mary Immaculate in Rome and remained with them until early 2008 when he felt he was being called to the diocesan priesthood. His discernment ultimately led him back to his home diocese. He enrolled at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus as a seminarian for the Diocese of Gaylord. There he earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degrees prior to his ordination.
Fr. Peter served as Parochial Vicar for the parishes of St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord, Holy Redeemer in Vanderbilt and St. Thomas Aquinas in Elmira from 2012-2015. Last July, he was appointed Parochial Vicar to the Catholic Community of Manistee. Fr. Peter is also one of the priests in the Diocese of Gaylord trained to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Latin Mass.)
He is an accomplished musician and enjoys sports.
Effective June 29, 2016, Fr. Peter will begin his new assignment as Administrator for St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Charlevoix.