Father Peter Conaty

111204 IMG_4961  by Lan Shen

Susan an Peter Conaty supporting Deer Park Prairie

Another prairie hero has left us: Father Peter Conaty. Peter and Susan Conaty were instrumental in saving the Nash Prairie and supported efforts to save Deer Park Prairie.

From David Bezanson of The Nature Conservancy:

Peter was rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in West Columbia, Texas, and it’s due to the vision and leadership of Peter and Susan, his wife, that TNC was able to acquire Nash Prairie Preserve from the church and hospital district in 2011.

The article below is a reminder of Peter’s eloquence and commitment to conservation:


Peter lived an extraordinarily full and interesting life, which was documented in the local newspaper when he retired from St. Mary’s earlier this year:

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