Bishop Perez

Biography

Bishop Perez, born in Miami, Florida, of Cuban parents and raised in Northern New Jersey, was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1989.

In 1998, he was named a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II and Prelate of Honor in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.  He obtained his Degree in Psychology from the University of New Jersey at Montclair and Masters of Divinity and Masters of Arts in Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.  In June 2012, Bishop Perez was named Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and received Episcopal Ordination on July 25, 2012. He is currently the Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Vicariate of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  While in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Bishop Perez served as pastor of St. William Church in Philadelphia and most recently as pastor of St. Agnes, West Chester, Pennsylvania. 

He was the founding director of the Catholic Institute for Evangelization, an Archdiocesan center for adult faith formation development and lay ministry training.  In addition, Bishop Perez served as parochial vicar of St. Ambrose in Philadelphia and assistant director of the Office for Hispanic Catholics.  He taught courses in religion and psychology as an adjunct faculty member at La Salle University, and has traveled within the United States offering conferences on evangelization, lay ministry, leadership development, as well as retreats and parish days of recollection. 

Bishop Perez is currently a member of the Corporate Board of Directors for Catholic Health Services, board member of Catholic Charities, and a member of the Telecare Board of Directors, Priests Personnel Board, and the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Rockville Center.   As a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he serves on the Bishops' Sub-Committee for Hispanic Affairs; he is also Co-Chair for  Encuentro, and a member of the Bishops' Sub-Committee for the Campaign for Human Development.