Perry West

Perry West

Perry West is a staff writer for Catholic News Agency. He graduated from Franciscan University with his bachelor's in English. Prior to his job at CNA, he worked in construction staffing and coffee.

Articles by Perry West

Society of Catholic Scientists prepares for conference on non-human intelligence

Apr 18, 2021 / 15:00 pm

The Society of Catholic Scientists (SCS) will hold its 2021 conference in Washington D.C. on the subject of non-human intelligence. 

How the Big Easy celebrates St. Joseph

Mar 19, 2021 / 16:31 pm

Catholic culture is everywhere in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is the city’s defining celebration. The city’s cathedral is one of its most well-known landmarks. And in the days leading to March 19, the people of New Orleans take up a Catholic tradition that began in the Middle Ages - they build “St. Joseph altars.”

Catholic group receives grant to restore historic California mission

Mar 7, 2021 / 14:01 pm

A Catholic group has received a large grant to restore one of the oldest California missions and to provide a place for tourists to examine the state’s religious and cultural history.

Philadelphia archdiocese addresses race and Catholicism in Zoom event

Feb 10, 2021 / 18:46 pm

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia hosted a Zoom conference on “Race and Catholicism” for more than 200 Catholics last week.

NY Encounter to explore 'When Reality Hits'

Feb 10, 2021 / 03:01 am

Communion and Liberation is preparing for its 13th annual New York Encounter to help participants process and grow from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Walk for Life West Coast draws thousands to San Francisco march

Jan 27, 2021 / 15:25 pm

Despite pandemic restrictions, thousands of pro-life advocates showed their support at the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on Saturday.

How this Catholic group brought Christmas presents to Armenia

Jan 7, 2021 / 17:20 pm

A Catholic non-profit has surprised hundreds of suffering Armenian families with Christmas presents following the problems of the coronavirus pandemic and the Nagorno-Karabakh war.

How Catholics are carrying out prison ministry during the pandemic

Dec 14, 2020 / 16:41 pm

As the pandemic has severely restricted gatherings and volunteer opportunities, Catholic dioceses throughout the United States and Canada have had to rethink prison ministries.

'Tolton' play in spotlight as Church addresses racial division

Nov 27, 2020 / 04:00 am

“Tolton: From Slave to Priest,” aims to share an important story for Black Catholics at a moment of racial division.

Philadelphia archdiocese opens home for young adults with disabilities

Nov 25, 2020 / 04:49 am

A Philadelphia bishop last month blessed Saint Philomena Cottage, a new archdiocesan home for young adults with disabilities.

‘Festival of Friendship’ seeks authentic encounter in a digital venue 

Oct 20, 2020 / 23:16 pm

An annual cultural festival hosted by a Catholic group of artists and intellectuals is being held virtually this month, offering opportunities for encounter and discussion through art and creativity.

Florida martyrs remembered at Mass of thanksgiving for their sainthood cause

Oct 16, 2020 / 02:01 am

At a Mass on Monday said in thanksgiving for the cause for canonization of the martyrs of Spanish colonial Florida, the Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee emphasized that martyrs were not just in the Old World, but in what is the United States as well.

'Crisis' podcast seeks to help clergy, laity understand abuse scandals 

Sep 15, 2020 / 23:52 pm

A new podcast launched this month out of The Catholic University of America seeks to help laity and clergy better understand and address the problem of abuse within the Church.

Knights of Peter Claver will host webinar to identify solutions to racial inequality

Sep 10, 2020 / 14:13 pm

As part of a five part series on social justice, the largest African-American lay Catholic organization will present a web seminar on the dignity of black lives this Saturday.

Catholic Charities supports victims of Hurricane Laura

Aug 31, 2020 / 16:34 pm

After Hurricane Laura struck states along the Gulf of Mexico last week, Catholic Charities and other groups have provided aid to victims, some of whom have been displaced or are still without utilities.

Hurricane Laura brings hardship to Caribbean, Gulf Coast

Aug 26, 2020 / 17:01 pm

Hurricane Laura caused flooding in several Caribbean territories over the weekend, killing at least 24 people and causing thousands to be without utilities. The storm is now approaching Texas and Louisiana.

Ukrainian Catholics in US provide aid to victims of Ukraine floods

Aug 20, 2020 / 14:13 pm

Ukrainian Catholics in the US have donated more than $136,000 to assist the victims of the floods that have devastated western Ukraine.

170 years after pandemic, Pittsburgh Catholics continue cholera Mass tradition 

Aug 19, 2020 / 23:25 pm

For more than 170 years, Pittsburgh Catholics have observed a day of thanksgiving for their parish’s deliverance from a cholera pandemic that killed hundreds of local people in the mid-1800s.

After parents ask for help, Texas Catholic diocese launches online parenting workshops 

Aug 17, 2020 / 23:00 pm

A Texas diocese has launched a series of parenting workshops to help moms and dads create a better family life for their children.

Prayers answered: Diocese of Providence sees decades-high number of new seminarians  

Aug 6, 2020 / 02:04 am

The Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, is welcoming eight new seminarians this year - the highest number of incoming seminarians in nearly four decades.