Catholic Cemeteries director appointed to national board

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Richard Peterson, director of the archdiocese’s Associated Catholic Cemeteries. Photo: Courtesy Catholic Cemetery Conference Richard Peterson, director of the archdiocese’s Associated Catholic Cemeteries. Photo: Courtesy Catholic Cemetery Conference

Richard Peterson, the director of the Archdiocese of Seattle’s Associated Catholic Cemeteries, has been named the vice president of the Catholic Cemetery Conference’s board of directors.

Peterson, who has been the director of the archdiocese’s four Catholic cemeteries since 1991, has also served as the CCC’s secretary, treasurer, and director of the Western U.S., Canada and Oceania.

He started as a seasonal groundskeeper at Calvary Cemetery in Seattle while attending the University of Washington. He went on to study graduate theology and pastoral ministry at the Catholic University of America. He became superintendent of Gethsemane Cemetery in Federal Way in 1985 and of St. Patrick Cemetery in Kent in 1989.

Peterson is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the finance council chair at his parish, St. Vincent de Paul in Federal Way, where he also serves in other liturgical roles. He’s been a member of the Catholic Cemeteries of the West and its president for three terms.

The CCC is a national Catholic cemetery staff and suppliers association with members in 140 dioceses in 45 states and 10 dioceses in Canada and Australia.