Nelson J. Perez

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Nelson Jesus Perez
Bishop of Cleveland
Archbishop-Elect of Philadelphia
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
AppointedJuly 11, 2017
InstalledSeptember 5, 2017
PredecessorRichard Gerard Lennon
OrdinationMay 20, 1989
ConsecrationJuly 25, 2012
by William Murphy, Charles J. Chaput, and Paul Henry Walsh
Personal details
Born (1961-06-16) June 16, 1961 (age 58)
Miami, Florida
Previous postAuxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre
Titular Bishop of Catrum
MottoCONFIDE ET SPERA (Trust and Hope)
Coat of armsCoat of arms of Nelson Jesus Perez (Philadelphia).svg
Styles of
Nelson Jesus Perez
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Nelson Jesus Perez (born June 16, 1961) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who serves as the 11th Bishop of Cleveland since September 5, 2017.[1] Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of Philadelphia on January 23, 2020, and his installation there is scheduled for February 18.[2]


Early life and education[edit]

Nelson Jesus Perez was born in Miami, Florida, on June 16, 1961, to David and Emma Perez. He attended P.S. Number 4 and Memorial High School in West New York, New Jersey. Perez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State University in 1983 and taught at Colegio La Piedad, a Catholic elementary school in Puerto Rico. He then entered Philadelphia's St. Charles Borromeo Seminary where he earned a Master of Arts and a Master of Divinity degree in 1988 and 1989 respectively.[3]

Ordination and ministry[edit]

Perez was ordained to the priesthood of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 20, 1989.

His first assignment after ordination was as curate at Saint Ambrose Parish, Philadelphia (1989–1993). He also served as assistant director of the Office for Hispanic Catholics (1990–1993); as the founding director of the Catholic Institute for Evangelization (1993–2002); as pastor of Saint William Parish, Philadelphia (2002–2009) and as pastor of Saint Agnes Parish, West Chester.

In 1998, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, with the title of monsignor. In 2009, he was named a Prelate of Honor by Pope Benedict XVI.

Episcopal service[edit]

Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre[edit]

Coat of Arms as Auxiliary Bishop of Rockvile Centre

On June 8, 2012, Perez was appointed titular bishop of Catrum and auxiliary bishop of the Rockville Center, New York, by Pope Benedict XVI.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on July 25, 2012.

Bishop of Cleveland[edit]

Coat of Arms as Bishop of Cleveland

On July 11, 2017, Pope Francis appointed him Bishop of Cleveland.[5][6] He was installed as the 11th Bishop of Cleveland on September 5, 2017.

Archbishop of Philadelphia[edit]

Perez was named Archbishop of Philadelphia on January 23, 2020, by Pope Francis, succeeding Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. His installation Mass is scheduled for February 18, 2020.[7]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  4. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 08.06.2012" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. June 8, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  5. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 11.07.2017" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. July 11, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  6. ^ "Pope Francis Names Bishop Nelson Perez as New Bishop of Cleveland; Pope also Names Father Andrew Bellisario as New Bishop of Juneau". Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  7. ^ Roebuck, Jeremy (23 January 2020). "Bishop Nelson Perez of Cleveland named Philadelphia's next archbishop, replacing Charles Chaput". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved January 23, 2020.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Richard Gerard Lennon
Bishop of Cleveland
Succeeded by