"Living the Goodness of a Catholic Man"
"Living the Goodness of a Catholic Man"

Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry

Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago

  • Ordained priest: May 24, 1975
  • Appointed Titular Bishop of Lead and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, May 5, 1998
  • Ordained: June 29, 1998


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“Our goal is to give men the spirituality they need to live their daily lives better, and keep them Catholic and Christian. It’s all part of the New Evangelization. We need to make Christ the center of our lives.”


– Bishop Joseph N. Perry, CMCS Co-Founder and Moderator

Quotes and Articles by Bishop Joseph N. Perry

We believe Jesus Christ set’s the tone and the description for authentic manhood.  The Gospels offer the outline and formation for manly maturity and the carrying out of responsibility as a single man, as a married man, family man, widow and for a man’s last days as he prepares to meet his Maker!  A man can’t go wrong with taking on the task of the Christian lifestyle.  


~ Bishop Joseph N  Perry

God will purify us, prepare us for our tasks and make us ready to do our work, however ordinary or exalted this work might be that we’re doing.  But our ordinariness will always be a part of who we are, not a place absent from God but where God meets us every day.

-- Bishop Joseph N. Perry

How long can a human being go without food?  Given various circumstances it varies a good deal.  At age 74 Mahatma Gandhi, the famous advocate for India's independence, survived twenty-one days of total starvation.  He allowed himself only sips of water.  A Northern Ireland prisoner endured a 66 day hunger strike before he died.  The illusionist David Blaine had no food for 44 days in a stunt where he was sealed in a Plexiglas box which was suspended over the Thames River in London.  A Japanese hiker who was lost went without food for 24 days and survived.  In the desert, Jesus went without food for 40 days, the Bible tells us.

Going without water is another matter altogether. The rule of 3's says you can't live without air for 3 minutes, without water for 3 days and without food for 3 weeks.

How many Sundays can you go without Holy Communion before you starve to death spiritually?  The Gospel of John has  Jesus telling us, "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood you have no life in you!

There is no Catholicism without the Eucharist!

Bishop Joseph N Perry

June 2017

Jesus Christ clearly and unequivocally identified himself with the poor and calls us to walk with Him by walking with the poor, the needy and the hurting, in whom Jesus is visible and present.  St. Teresa of Calcutta, our newest saint, put this theme so succinctly when she said:  

"At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by 'I was hungry and you gave me to eat ... I was naked and you clothed me ... I was homeless and you took me in.'  Hungry not only for bread - but hungry for love; naked not only of clothing -- but naked of human dignity; homeless not only for want of a room of bricks, but homeless because of rejection."

We ask our merciful God to open our eyes to see Him in the faces of the poor, the troubled and the forgotten, faces white, black and brown; that God would open our hands to reach out to them in hope and peace and genuine neighborly regard.  May we give thanks to God for all the blessings we have received by seeking to share those blessings with our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.

- Bishop Joseph N Perry

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