Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry

Bishop Perry is Episcopal Vicar for Vicariate VI of the Archdiocese of Chicago, which encompasses seventy-eight parishes and over sixty elementary and secondary schools. Bishop Perry was appointed Auxiliary Bishop to Cardinal Francis George by Pope John Paul II on May 1998 and was ordained to the episcopacy on June 29, 1998. He is the Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Sainthood of Father Augustus Tolton {1854-1897}. 

Bishop Perry was ordained a priest in 1975. Previous to his Episcopal appointment, he served twenty-three years as a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee having duties as an associate pastor and pastor of urban and inner city parishes respectively. In between parish assignments, Father Perry was assigned to studies in canon law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and, thereafter, served eighteen years in the Tribunal Department of the Archdiocese, functioning as advocate and then judge in matrimonial, administrative and appeals court.

He held the post of Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for twelve of those years while teaching courses in canon law at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin; Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee; and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois.  Bishop Perry publishes widely in canon law journals and Catholic periodicals on issues treating ecclesiastical governance and the rights of persons within the Church.

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