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

Marriage enrichment initiative geared toward military couples

Dec 31, 2019 / 11:05 am

A global marriage ministry is launching a new initiative to provide resources, encouragement and enrichment opportunities for military couples in Canada and the United States.

High school founded by former NFL star aims to make virtuous students

Dec 31, 2019 / 03:00 am

Not everyone who goes to high school will go to college, the founders of a new Minnesota high school say, but everyone should be prepared for leadership, service, and virtuous lives.

Arizona home helps women rebuild lives after prison

Dec 30, 2019 / 03:13 am

Women leaving prison can face numerous challenges – from finding housing and employment despite a criminal record to repairing relationships with family members and friends.

How a Kansas humanities program shaped a generation of Catholic leaders 

Dec 29, 2019 / 15:23 pm

Almost 50 years ago, the University of Kansas established a new humanities curriculum. It lasted only about ten years. But those ten years inspired conversions, priestly vocations, and so many Catholic initiatives that the program is still leaving its mark on the life of the Catholic Church.

A bowl of soup, and a chance for compassion

Dec 27, 2019 / 07:25 am

For nearly 15 years, a Catholic charity in south-central New York has sold ceramic bowls to raise both money for a local food pantry and awareness about the problem of homelessness in the region.

New Michigan vocational school combines Catholic education, skilled trades 

Dec 26, 2019 / 03:18 am

A new vocational school in Grand Rapids, Michigan will open its doors next year to young men interested in learning both a skilled trade and formation through a Catholic curriculum.

Catholic group to start holistic addiction recovery home in Kentucky 

Dec 24, 2019 / 15:12 pm

A Kentucky diocese is leasing a tenantless building to a Catholic charity to create a holistic recovery program for people in the area struggling with drug addictions.

College freshmen found faith through friendship

Dec 23, 2019 / 19:00 pm

The phenomenon is well-documented. When young Catholics go away to college, a troublingly high percentage of them stop practicing their faith. And many who stop going to Mass in college, never return.

Short film portrays life of Venerable Augustus Tolton, former slave

Dec 16, 2019 / 20:01 pm

EWTN will release Wednesday a short film on the early life of Venerable John Augustus Tolton - the first African American priest - whose cause for canonization progressed in June.

Franciscan University forms partnership with Iraqi Catholic university

Dec 10, 2019 / 15:05 pm

A Catholic university in the U.S. has partnered with an Iraqi Catholic college to promote opportunities for scholarship, collaboration, and understanding between the two countries.

Pa. Catholic conference: Gov. Wolf failed to protect 'humanity's most vulnerable lives' with Down syndrome abortion veto

Nov 22, 2019 / 16:00 pm

Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf this week vetoed a bill that would have banned the abortion of children prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome. The state Catholic conference condemned the decision.

A day in the park for L.A.'s foster families

Oct 10, 2019 / 12:01 pm

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is hosting a day in the park to not only celebrate foster families throughout the archdiocese but to get to know these "heroes,” who are often unknown among the Catholic community.

African Heritage Mass in Philadelphia draws Catholics from 21 countries

Oct 10, 2019 / 02:10 am

Hundreds of African Catholics gathered last Sunday for an annual Mass in Philadelphia, blending cultures, languages, and attire from across the African continent.

Newborns' removal after refusal of optional shot raises parental rights concerns

Oct 5, 2019 / 15:46 pm

Concerns over parental rights violations are being raised as a group of families in Chicago files a lawsuit saying their newborns were wrongly taken from them when they declined a voluntary Vitamin K shot.

How this convert 'fell in love with Jesus' through the Byzantine Catholic Church

Oct 1, 2019 / 03:00 am

The scandals, she said, are opportunities to pray for Church leaders who have “fallen away, because there's so much responsibility and authority they have in Church.”

How these Virginia Catholics are helping the homeless find work 

Sep 26, 2019 / 13:59 pm

A Catholic group in Arlington, Virginia, is committed to helping homeless people, along with others down on their luck, by equipping them with the tools to find work and build careers.

Catholic bishops, leaders lament U.S. decision to deny Bahamian immigrants TPS

Sep 13, 2019 / 08:15 am

U.S. officials announced Wednesday that a protective immigration status will not be extended to Bahamian migrants, despite the small country’s ongoing recovery from a destructive storm this month. Catholic leaders have condemned the decision, and two Florida bishops say that Bahamians need help from U.S. Catholics.

'Unplanned' actress establishes scholarship for pregnant women

Aug 18, 2019 / 15:55 pm

Ashley Bratcher, lead-actress in the pro-life movie “Unplanned,” has helped establish a scholarship for women pursing an education during an unexpected pregnancy.

Catholic Church in Wisconsin opposes bill attacking seal of confession

Aug 8, 2019 / 17:01 pm

Two bills were announced in Wisconsin this week intended to protect victims of child sexual abuse. The Catholic Church in the state has registered its strong objection to one bill's intention to force violation of the seal of confession.

With St. Joseph's help, a 'business guild' supports Minnesota Catholics

Jul 30, 2019 / 11:30 am

Small business owners, laborers, and job-seekers in Minnesota can now connect with fellow Catholics using modern technology- a website and social network - and a very ancient concept - a guild.