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.