Some 20 years ago Canadians from coast to coast watched on the CBC the journey
of “Dr. Peter” as he struggled with, and eventually succumbed, to HIV/AIDS. It
was a courageous and prophetic witness to the beauty of life in all its God-intended
diversity and it succeeded in making the HIV/AIDS-pandemic and issues of human
sexuality a prime concern for Canadians.
Dr. Peter gave HIV/AIDS and homosexuality a human face and opened Canadian
hearts and minds to these issues. At the time, Dr. Peter and his family were members
of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Vancouver’s West End. To honour his prophetic courage,
the people of St. Paul’s Anglican Church unveiled a plaque inside the church on
December 5th, 2010 during the 10am worship.
The brass plaque reads:
To the glory of GOD and in loving memory of
Dr. Peter Jepson-Young
(1957 – 1992)
From 1990 to 1992 CBC television chronicled Peter’s life in the
“Dr. Peter Diaries.” Peter’s prophetic courage opened the eyes and
hearts of many to the horrors of the AIDS pandemic and to the
sin of homophobia, while celebrating the beauty of life.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
This plaque was given by Dr. Peter’s
parish family in December 2010.
“How beautiful upon the mountain are the feet of the
messenger who announces peace.”
Isaiah 52:7
Please download a pdf copy of the Rev. Markus Duenzkofer's sermon
(In the image from Left to right, Bob and Shirley Young {Peter’s parents}, Andy
Hiscox {Peter’s widower} and the Rev. Markus Duenzkofer stand in front of the brass plaque commemorating Dr. Peter Jepson-Young)