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Fr. Michael Perry ofm re-elected Minister General

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Fr. Michael Anthony Perry, OFM, was born on 7th June 1954 at Indianapolis (Indiana, United States of America), in the diocese of Indianapolis, son of James Richard Perry and Agnes J. Coffey, both of Irish origin. In 1976 he began his Postulancy in the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the USA (St. Louis). On 25th June 1977, he donned the Franciscan habit, beginning his novitiate, at the end of which he made his Temporary Profession on the Feast Day of St. Clare, 11th August 1978. After making his Solemn Profession on 10th October 1981, he was ordained as a priest on 2nd June 1984.

His academic curriculum is comprised of two Bachelor of Arts’ degrees in History and Philosophy, a Master of Divinity in Priestly Formation, a Masters in Missiology and a Doctorate in Religious Anthropology, obtained from Birmingham University in the United Kingdom.

His intense interest for the missions ad gentes brought him to live as a missionary for about ten years in the Democratic Republic of (formerly Zaire).
He served in the field of religious and theological formation and in the sector of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. Returning from Africa to the United States of America he collaborated with the NGO, Franciscans International, with Catholic Relief Services and with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Elected Provincial Minister of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (St. Louis, USA), he was called to serve the Order of Friars Minor as Vicar General, at the General Chapter of 2009. On 22nd May 2013 he assumed the service of Minister General for the completion of the six-year term. On 21st May 2015 the General Chapter elected him as the 120th successor of St. Francis.

23 thoughts on “Fr. Michael Perry ofm re-elected Minister General

  1. Dear Fr. Michael,

    Congratulations on your election as Minister General of our OFM. Please know that I continue to hold you and all friars in my daily prayers.

    I was a candidate for the Sacred Heart Province (St. Louis) and studied at Quincy College (1982-1985). Though I did not profess as a friar of the OFM, I continue to live out the Franciscan spirituality and ways of life.

    May God bless you always.
    Fr. Vincent Bui, PSS

  2. Dear Fr Michael,

    CONGRATULATIONS to you, to the Vicar General as well as to the “Definitori”.
    May the Holy Spirit be your guide in this rapidly changing world.
    We keep you in our prayer.

    Sr Dorothy Vella-Zarb (Sup Gen) and all the sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition

  3. Foi-me grato saber que o novo Ministro Geral da OFM foi missionário em África. Espero bem que da generosidade e da espiritualidade africana tenha haurido esses e outros valores com que continuará a servir s seus Irmãos e toda a Igreja. Espero vê-lo brevemente em Moçambique. Votos de Paz e Bem e a promessa da minha oração.

  4. Congratulations to our New Minister General, Br Michael Perry. We promise you our prayers at all times. May Almighty God grant you the graces and strength you need as you undertake this heavy task on your shoulders.

  5. Congratulations Fr Michael , you have all been in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerly (sr) Angela SJA Australia

  6. CONGRATULATIONS FATHER MICHAEL PERRY. OFM AS THE NEWLY ELECTED MINISTER GENERAL..

    OUR PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS FOR YOU…

    The Lord bless you and keep you.
    May He show His face to you and have mercy.
    May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace.
    The Lord bless you!

  7. It had been part of my prayer for the G. Chapter that you continue the service which you had already accepted humbly. Accept my prayer for God’s Blessing upon you. Congratulations.

  8. Dear Brother Michael A. Perry,
    In the early hours of this morning, at 07:30 to be precise, I offered a Votive Mass of the Holy Trinity for the success of the General Chapter and election of our Minister General, the Servant of the whole Brotherhood. You are the answer to all our prayers, God has given you the responsibility to serve our entire Order. I am grateful to God for you Mike, I thank you for accepting this huge responsibility, I joyfully congratulate you and the entire Brotherhood for putting its confidence in you. May God bless you abundantly in your new task, for which he has been carefully preparing you all along!

    It was always a pleasure to minister under your guidance!

    Your Brother-Bishop Vincent

  9. Bwana apewe sifa! Akuzidishiye nguvu n’akusindikize katika kazi hii tà uongozi wa shirika la ndugu wa fransiskani. Sala zetu zikusindikize mahali popote! Ndugu jean Baptistes

  10. Cher Frère Perry,
    Depuis Madagascar, je vous adresse mes félicitations pour votre réélection à la tête des Frères Mineurs (OFM) durant ce Chapitre Général 2015. Que Dieu guide vos pas et vous comble de ses grâces dans l’accomplissement de votre tâche.
    Je me rappelle de votre passage chez nous en Juin 2013 durant la messe à la chapelle Notre Dame de Paix autour de la famille franciscaine à Antananarivo. Bon souvenir !
    Union de prière
    Fraternellement,
    Paix et Joie
    J. Luciani (OFS)

  11. Blessings and prayers to our newly elected Minister General, Michael Perry. He is a true son of Saint Francis, a good man for a tough job.

  12. I would like to congratulate Fra Michale Perry to being re-elected as our Minister General
    fra Marko Puljic

  13. Tanti auguri e le mie povere preghiere. Dio padre buono ti benedica ogni giorno nel tuo servizio fraterno. “Mwani”.

  14. Dear Brother Minister General, Fr. Michael Perry, OFM,
    Congratulations for your kindness to accept humbly this important ministry for our Order. You know well the real situation of it and I believe you are able to lead all the friars to find a new response to the needs of the world and Church.
    Greetings from Bogor for you all, Capitulars.

  15. Dear My Brother Minister General, Fr. Michael Perry!
    Congratulation for your kindness to accept this new service for our Order. I am happy to have you in this ministry. I pray for you and all the capitulars. Greetings from Bogor, Indonesia.

  16. Gli auguri e la preghiera da parte della nostra Fraternità di Rezzato.
    Il Signore ti benedica e ti custodisca nel Tuo servizio all’Ordine.

  17. May the Spirit of the Lord, whom Francis calls the true Minister General of the Fraternity, guide you in your renewed ministry on a general level. Best wishes from the home place of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph of Nazareth! Peace and every blessing!

  18. Prayerful congratulations to Michael Perry!!!! God bless his work.

  19. Felicitazioni. Lo Spirito Santo ti dia Forza e Sapienza con tutti gli altri doni per la guida del nostro Ordine. Con S. Francesco :” Ricominciamo……”
    Fraternamente ti abbraccio P. Antonio Pirozzolo

  20. PAZ Y BIEN.
    DESDE LA CIUDAD DE SEVILLA, ESPAÑA, MANDO MIS MÁS HUMILDES Y FRATERNAS FELICITACIONES AL NUEVO REELEGIDO MINISTRO GENERAL FR: MICHAEL PERRY. QUE EL ESPÍRITU SANTO DE DIOS, QUE NUESTRO PADRE SAN FRANCISCO LE ACOMPAÑE, LE GUÍE Y LE AYUDE EN TAL TAREA, QUE PRESUPONE ALGO COMPLICADA POR LOS AVATARES DE LA VIDA Y LOS ÚLTIMOS DESENCUENTROS ECONÓMICOS. QUE DIOS LE BENDIGA, LE GUARDE Y LE MUESTRE EL CAMINO PARA LLEVAR LA ORDEN CON EL ESPÍRITU DE NUESTRO PADRE SAN FRANCISCO. QUE EL SEÑOR OS BENDIGA A TODOS Y A CADA UNOS DE LOS CAPITULARES.

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