Bishop Perry Conference scheduled Nov. 2-3 in N.O.


    The Bishop Harold R. Perry, S.V.D., Evangelization and Vocation Conference, sponsored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Office of Black Catholic Ministries and other archdiocesan offices, will be held Nov. 2 at Notre DameSeminary and Nov. 3 at Xavier University of Louisiana.

    The conference celebrates the life of Bishop Perry, who was the first African-American bishop in modern times in the United States when he was appointed auxiliary bishop of New Orleans in 1965. The native of Lake Charles, La., was provincial of the Southern Province of the Society of Divine Word when he was named a bishop. He died at age 74 in 1991 at Wynhoven Health Care Center due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
    The conference will open with a reception and dinner Nov. 2 at Notre Dame Seminary’s Schulte Auditorium, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave. A full day of workshops will be held Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University Center of Xavier University of Louisiana.
    The conference, which includes separate tracks for adults and teenagers, will conclude with a Vigil Mass at 4 p.m. at the new St. Katharine Drexel Chapel on Xavier’s campus, off Washington Avenue and South Carrollton Avenue.
    Workshop topics include multiculturalism and evangelization; marriage ministry; living out the call of Christ; preventing and resolving conflict; building parish evangelization teams; family evangelization; working with young adults; listening to God in a busy world; and adult faith formation.
    The evangelization workshop for youth and youth leaders will include talks by Father Tony Ricard, campus minister at St. Augustine High School; Rachel Longest, the archdiocesan coordinator of young adult ministry; and Vincent Guider, youth minister at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Marrero. The day will offer skills for evangelization at school or work.
    The Nov. 3 workshop day will open with the rosary at 8 a.m. Cost is $20 per person and includes all workshops, plus lunch and a drink on Nov. 3. Registration is due by Oct. 22.
    Other groups sponsoring the day are the Office of Justice and Peace, the Family Life Apostolate, the Office of Catholic Schools, the CYO Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office, the Office of Racial Harmony and the Office of Religious Education.
    For more information, contact 861-6207 or

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