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

In this cemetery, after dark, students pray for the dead

Oct 23, 2018 / 23:00 pm

An after-dark walk through a cemetery in late October seems like a night pulled straight from a Halloween movie or a scary novel.

How a Panama City parish is helping after Hurricane Michael

Oct 19, 2018 / 15:00 pm

This is the story of a hurricane. Or, at least, the story of one Catholic parish trying to help, in the wake of one of the most powerful storms to hit the U.S. in decades.

Thousands gather in L.A. archdiocese to celebrate St. Oscar Romero

Oct 15, 2018 / 16:00 pm

St. Oscar Romero was canonized by Pope Francis Oct. 14, together with six other new saints. That same day, an estimated 3,000 people gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles for a Mass and celebrations.

Catholic Charities of Lubbock aids homeless youth

Oct 5, 2018 / 15:58 pm

Catholic Charities of Lubbock has increased its efforts to help combat the homeless youth crisis in the northwest Texas city.

How the L.A. archdiocese is supporting separated immigrant families

Sep 28, 2018 / 02:01 am

Through Guadalupe Radio the Archdiocese of Los Angeles raised more than $90,000 last month to help reunited separated immigrant families in southern California.

'Made for Happiness' Eucharistic assembly draws 14k in Michigan

Sep 25, 2018 / 15:49 pm

The Diocese of Lansing hosted a gathering of thousands Saturday, hoping to spark a fire for evangelization among Catholics in central Michigan. Nearly 25 percent of regular Mass-goers in the diocese attended the event.

CRS sells fair trade coffee, supporting Mexican farmers and land

Sep 24, 2018 / 15:07 pm

Catholic Relief Services is now offering fair trade coffee beans that will benefit local farming communities in Mexico and foster better agricultural practices.

Pro-life women say they were overlooked by Netflix documentary 'Reversing Roe'

Sep 22, 2018 / 03:26 am

A new Netflix documentary claims to show both sides of the abortion debate in the U.S., but pro-life advocates say the film depicts old stereotypes and ignores the many women leading the modern pro-life movement.

Catholic Charities in NY receives grant to treat rural opioid abuse

Sep 15, 2018 / 05:01 am

A Catholic Charities in New York has received a nearly $1 million grant to provide care to opioid addicts in rural counties in the southern part of the state.  

In Oregon, fewer refugees means changes for Catholic Charities

Sep 8, 2018 / 15:20 pm

For some 70 years, Catholic Charities in Oregon has helped refugees settle into their new life – assisting with everything from housing to English classes.

Six new churches in five years: Portland's growing Catholic community

Sep 6, 2018 / 02:15 am

In the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, the growth in the Catholic Church has been so great that six new churches have been dedicated since 2013.

How Catholic Charities is tackling California's housing crisis

Sep 2, 2018 / 15:02 pm

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara has partnered with the local county to launch a shared housing program, connecting renters with housing providers amid California’s high housing costs.

Hundreds gather for Marian pilgrimage to Pennsylvania town on fire

Aug 30, 2018 / 23:36 pm

Centralia, Pennsylvania, is on fire … literally: a coal fire has been raging underneath the town for more than 50 years, but a century-old church still stands, drawing hundreds of Catholics for an annual Marian pilgrimage.

Catholic Charities Oregon looks to expand financial wellness program

Aug 22, 2018 / 23:34 pm

Catholic Charities Oregon is hoping to expand a program that offers financial classes and coaching for low-income workers in the state.

Teens are requesting plastic surgery to look like Snapchat filters

Aug 12, 2018 / 15:56 pm

Social media is increasingly making teens dissatisfied with their appearance and obsessed with achieving a filtered version of “perfection,” even going so far as to pursue plastic surgery, say medical professionals.

How can parishes be more welcoming to those with disabilities?

Aug 3, 2018 / 02:01 am

A Disability Awareness Conference in Saginaw, Michigan this week encouraged parishes to create an inclusive and accessible environment for those with disabilities.

New resource center to promote African American sainthood causes

Aug 1, 2018 / 13:50 pm

Xavier University of Louisiana has announced a new initiative to unite groups working on the promotion of African American canonization causes.

Catholic counseling group in Ireland offers services to same-sex couples

Jul 27, 2018 / 17:01 pm

To maintain state funding, a Catholic marriage counseling group in the Republic of Ireland, Accord, will reportedly begin to counsel same-sex couples.

Oklahoma celebrates the first feast day of Blessed Stanley Rother

Jul 27, 2018 / 16:00 pm

On Saturday, parishes across Oklahoma will celebrate the first feast day of the first U.S. born martyr, Blessed Stanley Rother, marking the 37 anniversary of his death.

Why so serious? Catholic professor talks NFP

Jul 24, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Ramping up to the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae, a Catholic professor analyzed the encyclical’s guidance on responsible parenthood- discussing when a couple might be open to more children, and when they might choose to delay openness to new life.