URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: Tom Peters (american papist)

I am getting reports that the young papist, Thomas Peters, was injured – perhaps severely – in an accident of some kind.  Tom is the son of the great canonist Ed Peters, by the way.

More information will come in soon, but in the meantime, please stop now and say a prayer, perhaps the Memorare, for Thomas and his family.


See Ed Peters comment below, which I reproduce here:

This is deeply appreciated, Pater. Thom fractured his neck in a swimming accident last evening. I’ll try to keep folks informed on my facebook page. Oremus pro invicem. EdP

At his Facebook page he said:

Thomas Peters was seriously hurt in a swimming accident Tuesday evening. He fractured his 5th cervical vert. and is at Univ. Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore).Natalie Zmuda Peters is there, and the moms Angela & Becky Z flew out a couple hours ago. He moved an arm on command and is undergoing more tests. He has responded pretty well to the immediate steps taken for him so far. I will stay in touch here. Your prayers and well wishes are deeply appreciated.

UPDATE 18 July:

From Ed Peters…

Thom can move his arms, docs are discussing the best treatment for his neck injury. Immediate concern is for the considerable water in his lungs.

And then later…

Thomas Peters remains in critical but stable condition with a cervical spinal cord injury. His lungs are looking better.

UPDATE 18 July 18:15 GMT

From Ed Peters:

Please continue your prayers for Thom. Docs are assessing range of motion issues today and need to decide about treating his neck injury. His temperature is returning to normal and his lungs look better which is good news!

I can scarcely imagine how difficult it must be for a young healthy man who is used to engaging in extensive work and service, in the blink of an eye, to suddenly have to become the pure recipient of all that attention, and to just have to accept others’ outpourings toward him.

More when I have it, and thank you all so much.

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  1. Robert of Rome says:

    I am offering prayers for Tom now. He is a great Catholic defender of the unborn, among other outstanding traits. May Our Lord heal him and Our Lady intercede for him.

  2. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    This is deeply appreciated, Pater. Thom fractured his neck in a swimming accident last evening. I’ll try to keep folks informed on my facebook page. Oremus pro invicem. EdP

  3. wanda says:

    Praying. Thomas is how I first came across your place, Fr. Z. Praying for his recovery and for his family.

  4. MichaelD says:

    Remembering Thomas in prayer. I will arrange to have a Mass offered for him soon. Please keep us informed.

  5. Priam1184 says:

    A good thing he is responding so (relatively) well. That kind of injury can be nasty. He seems a good man and great defender of the Faith. We still have need of him Lord.

  6. Bea says:

    Poor young man.
    Hope he’ll be OK.
    Have offered up prayers for him.

  7. idelsan says:

    So sorry to hear this. I will offer Mass for him and his family tomorrow morning.

  8. acardnal says:

    Sad to hear of this. Tragic. Prayers for his recovery and for his family and loved ones.

  9. priests wife says:

    …my sister was just at his wedding earlier this summer- we are praying for him!

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  11. Supertradmum says:

    Hundreds of bloggers and twitterati are praying for him through the intercession of Fulton J. Sheen. Let us ask Ven. Fulton J. Sheen for a complete, immediate miraculous recovery.

  12. Ellen says:

    I’ll pray for Thomas for sure. Rosary for him tonight.

  13. IngridAiram says:

    What horrible news. Definitely praying.
    As a trainee in rehabilitation medicine I am really really worried an pray that the testsresults are not as bad as I am afraid they can be.

  14. HeatherPA says:

    Prayers from our family. We will ask St. Philomena, our family patroness saint. She always comes through for us.

  15. DisturbedMary says:

    Blessed Mother, pray for your son Thomas. Thank you.

  16. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Life is full of uncertainties, and accidents are one of the scarier ones. But Mr. Peters has a very flexible sort of brain, I’d guess, because he has so many interests in such different areas. Praying and hoping, and leaning on Ven. Sheen for his prayers.

  17. Choirmaster says:

    Offering prayers for Thomas. Special prayers also for Ed’s consolation in this time of unimaginable anxiety.

  18. I’d be remiss to not offer my afternoon rosary for his complete and speedy recovery…and, in all things, God’s will be done.

  19. Elizabeth R says:

    Praying for this remarkable young man and his family. Thank you, Fr. Z, for keeping us updated.

  20. Eowyn22 says:

    Offering prayers for Thomas and his family. I first got “hooked” on the Catholic blogosphere many years ago when Thomas was blogging on American Papist….that may have even been how I found this blog!

  21. cheezwiz says:

    Choirmaster said it so well: “Offering prayers for Thomas. Special prayers also for Ed’s consolation in this time of unimaginable anxiety.”
    Many prayers from this corner

  22. Elizabeth D says:

    Prayers for Tom Peters’ swift and thorough recovery.

  23. NBW says:

    Praying for Tom’s recovery and for his family.

  24. Justalurkingfool says:

    Being less than a wholehearted fan of Dr. Peters give me much reason to, gladly, pray for Thomas.

    Could I ask you, Father Z, to seek prayers for the marriage of Bud and Marie “Bai” Macfarlane? Ten years ago, today, June 17th, Mr. Macfarlane abandoned their marital home.

    Much more support is needed for broken homes, to restore them, than is currently available in the Catholic Church.


  25. gracie says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Tom’s swimming accident. I hear he can move his arm which is great news. My son had a diving accident years ago and completely recovered from it and God willing so will Tom.

  26. Sandy says:

    Praying now! I can understand exactly what the family is going through. The Lord and His Saints will intercede, as they did for my daughter when she was thrown from her horse, and had to have surgery on her neck. It is truly frightening when you first hear this kind of news.

    Karl, that is so interesting you would mention the Macfarlanes b/c I was just thinking of them a couple of days ago. Bud’s books and their ministry were wonderful. May the Lord work a miracle for them, even now!

  27. DavidJ says:

    Prayers on the way!

  28. Lin says:

    More prayers on the way!

  29. Lori Pieper says:

    So sorry to hear this, Mr. Peters. I’m praying for your son especially through the intercession of the Servant of God Pope John Paul I.

    Thom’s was one of the very first blogs I read in the Catholic blogosphere. He got me addicted to them! He is an outstanding young man; may God grant him a speedy recovery.

  30. The Masked Chicken says:

    Praying Thomas, his family, and the doctors.

  31. happyCatholic says:


  32. Michelle F says:

    Said the Memorare and other prayers, and will continue to pray for him, and for his family and friends.

  33. mamajen says:

    Very sorry to hear, Dr. Peters. Prayers for your family.

  34. oddfisher says:

    This is deeply distressing. I’m glad to hear there’s arm movement. Worried there was no mention of legs or hands. We really need to pray.

  35. MaryW says:

    Prayers offered for Thom and his family.

  36. trespinos says:

    St. Catherine of Genoa, St. Giuseppe Moscati, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pregate per lui e la sua famiglia!

  37. KAS says:

    My prayers for this young man. Have appreciated his blogs for years now. Glad to read he is moving an arm, and has so far survived! Praying for his whole family and for his full and complete return to health and mobility.

  38. Fr_Sotelo says:

    Heartfelt prayers for Thomas and his wife, and his dear mom and dad. I will remember them at Mass and beg the Lord to look after this young man who has been such an immense blessing to the Church, a soldier for the unborn, defender of the Christian family and an inspiration to countless young people. I am very shaken and sad at this news, as if one of my own siblings was in suffering.

  39. tjg says:

    Prayers for both Thom and his family. Blessed Miguel Pro, pray for him!

  40. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    Prayed to St. Luke for the doctors who are treating Thomas Peters.

    God bless,


  41. Mariana2 says:

    Pater, Ave, Gloria

  42. Mariana2 says:

    And what Supertradmum says.

  43. Father Bartoloma says:

    So sorry to hear about this. Thanks be to God it wasn’t worse.

    Prayers for him.

  44. yatzer says:

    For Thomas and famly

  45. benedetta says:

    Will continue to pray for him.

  46. acroat says:

    So distressed when I read this news yesterday morning. Reading the comments especially that masses are being offered is wonderful-the most powerful prayer of all. Started a novena to Servant of God Fr Vincent Capodanno as this fine young man has been bravely fighting the good fight over the years & is now fighting a personal one to recovery from his injuries.

  47. JoyfulMom7 says:

    I have been praying frequently ever since I heard this sad news yesterday. Many of us have also shared the prayer request on Facebook. Thomas is much loved. Prayers also for his wife and parents.

    Jesus, I trust in you!

  48. Ellen says:

    I’m still praying for Thomas. I am going to ask the intercession of Father Emil Kapuan, Pierre Toussaint and Cardinal John O’Connor. Al of them were strong witnesses of the faith like Thomas Peters is. May he have a full recovery. Please keep us posted.

  49. Lin says:

    Sending more prayers, today!

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