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

How the Pittsburgh diocese is tackling addiction

Jul 6, 2019 / 15:34 pm

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has launched a new addiction ministry to bring rehabilitation to addicts and families through a holistic approach, including spirituality and close relationships.

Wis. Catholic Conference dismayed by veto of abortion bills

Jun 21, 2019 / 16:01 pm

As the Democratic Governor of Wisconsin vetoed Friday four bills regulating abortion, Catholics in the state expressed disappointment with the decision.

Seminary faculty: Spiritual fatherhood central to priestly identity

Jun 13, 2019 / 14:09 pm

Faculty at US seminaries have emphasized that spiritual fatherhood is an essential component of priestly identity, amid calls in some corners for priests not to be referred to as “Father”.

'Chosen' aims to evangelize during confirmation prep

Jun 3, 2019 / 18:00 pm

A confirmation program developed for parishes aims to call young people to deeper conversions, while teaching them the truths of the Catholic faith. The program, organizers say, has impacted hundreds of thousands of Catholics since it was founded five years ago

Chase settlement will pay fathers for ungranted paternity leave

May 30, 2019 / 23:00 pm

A class action lawsuit against JP Morgan Chase was settled this week, after a lawsuit from fathers denied parental leave.

Chemical abortions may be slowing the decline in US abortions

May 23, 2019 / 11:19 am

While the number of abortions procured in the US has steadily declined in recent decades, recent data indicate that this decline may be slowing as the use of chemical abortions rises.

Faith leaders call for an end to solitary confinement

May 8, 2019 / 15:00 pm

New York’s faith leaders gathered in protest of solitary confinement this week, pushing for a bill that seeks more humane ways to treat prisoners.

Catholic conference supports Iowa budget cuts to abortion providers

May 6, 2019 / 22:01 pm

A budget bill became law in Iowa last week, adding restrictions to grants for abortion providers and Medicaid for gender reassignment surgery.

How the South Sudanese bishops are working to promote peace

May 3, 2019 / 16:10 pm

The president of the Sudanese Bishops’ Conference said he believes peace in South Sudan is possible, but the process will take patience and humility from both the leaders of the country the local communities.

Why these high school students built a chapel and Marian shrine at a local school

Apr 30, 2019 / 13:47 pm

When two Michigan high school students were planning for a community service project, they decided they wanted to help younger children learn to pray. So, they fundraised, designed, and managed the construction of a chapel and Marian shrine for the local Catholic middle school.

Arlington diocese launches addiction support for families

Apr 24, 2019 / 16:19 pm

At the request of Bishop Michael Burbidge, the Diocese of Arlington has launched a multifaceted program to get parishes involved with the healing of addicts and their families.

These priests love to cause a racquet: Clerical tennis tournament comes to Nebraska

Apr 14, 2019 / 15:06 pm

According to the Gospel of Matthew, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” This June, priests will gather in Lincoln, Neb., to “serve” their fellow brothers with their tennis skills.

With a lifelong Catholic at the helm, Oregon eyes prison reform

Apr 10, 2019 / 13:20 pm

The head of the Oregon prison system is looking to make significant changes to the way the state views punishment, and she insists that Catholics and other people of faith have an important role to play.

Calif. parish hopes parking lot signs will foster fruits of Holy Spirit

Apr 9, 2019 / 09:37 am

Hoping to curb incidents of after-Mass road rage, a Catholic church in San Diego has posted signs throughout the parking lot reminding parishioners of the graces they have received during Mass.

Alabama bill would ban all abortions except for 'serious health risk'

Apr 3, 2019 / 09:26 am

New legislation in Alabama would ban all abortions in the state, except in cases where the mother faces a “serious health risk.”

Catholic Charities Maine receives grant to expand elderly ministries

Mar 14, 2019 / 11:19 am

Catholic Charities Maine has received a $100,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support 165 volunters aiding the state's senior citizens.

Colorado Catholic Conference supports bill to repeal death penalty

Mar 7, 2019 / 18:01 pm

As a measure to repeal Colorado’s death penalty passed a Senate committee this week, the Colorado Catholic Conference has expressed support for the bill.

Age verification to access online porn arriving in UK next month

Mar 7, 2019 / 03:36 am

Next month, the United Kingdom will roll out new online restrictions in an attempt to protect children under the age of 18 from accessing pornography.

Fat Tuesday pancake race: People flip out to show off their skill-ets

Mar 4, 2019 / 16:11 pm

Fat Tuesday celebrations have included parades, carnivals, and parties. But have you ever heard of a pancake race?  

St. Katharine Drexel's tomb at Philadelphia cathedral named an archdiocesan shrine

Mar 1, 2019 / 03:06 am

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced that the recently constructed tomb of St. Katharine Drexel at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul has been declared an archdiocesan shrine.