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

Courage conference celebrates Father John Harvey

Jul 22, 2018 / 04:00 am

The Catholic group Courage International hosted its 30th annual Courage and EnCourage conference last week, which aimed to offer men and women with same-sex attraction inspiration from the organization’s founder, the late Father John Harvey.

Catholic church in UAE to host fatherhood celebration for migrant workers

Jul 19, 2018 / 13:47 pm

A Catholic church in Dubai is hosting a celebration to honor the United Arab Emirates’ migrant workers – many of whom are fathers separated from their homes to provide for their families.   

As study claims benefits to porn, atheist author raises questions on methodology

Jul 14, 2018 / 15:09 pm

A study has claimed porn as necessary to men’s health, but author of Your Brain on Porn and self-proclaimed atheist Gary Wilson said the statistical system used in many of these surveys is inaccurate.

Priest says new degree in Church administration builds servant-leaders

Jul 13, 2018 / 15:17 pm

Seminaries will train priests in theology and philosophy, but how does priestly formation in the U.S. handle the business side of parishes?

Kansas ministry brings Adoration Under the Stars

Jul 13, 2018 / 02:04 am

A Kansas-based ministry led more than a thousand people in Eucharistic adoration last week, allowing Catholics and non-Catholics to worship the Creator among the stars.

USCCB supports judge’s ruling for detained asylum seekers

Jul 11, 2018 / 10:11 am

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops applauded a recent federal ruling that barred the Trump administration from detaining asylum seekers without case review.

LGBT 'action plan' should focus on virtue and chastity, author says

Jul 3, 2018 / 16:35 pm

As the UK plans to ban conversion therapy as a result of a government-sponsored survey of LGBT people, a Catholic author who identifies as having same-sex attraction said families should maintain the right to pursue pastoral responses framed by Church teaching.

Steubenville project seeks to revitalize town, connect residents and students

Jun 19, 2018 / 10:55 am

A new monthly event in Steubenville, Ohio, is hoping to revitalize businesses and build community between residents and Franciscan University students.

This man spent a week on the street with his homeless son

Jun 11, 2018 / 11:36 am

As the parents of a homeless son struggling with a drug addiction, Frank and his wife Deloris have done everything they could think of to get their grown son into rehab. But it didn’t work.

Denver celebrates Mass on 100th anniversary of Julia Greeley's death

Jun 8, 2018 / 15:27 pm

The Archdiocese of Denver hosted a special Mass on Thursday in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Julia Greeley, who is the first person from Colorado to be proposed for sainthood.

Why this Catholic takes issue with 'gay' and 'straight' labels

Jun 3, 2018 / 02:01 am

Chastity actually means fulfillment, not suffering – and labeling people in terms of their sexual inclinations or attractions first is ultimately a reduction of their human dignity.

GK Chesterton's sainthood cause may soon be opened

May 29, 2018 / 23:09 pm

As an investigation into the life of Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton nears a close, admirers of the English writer voiced hope that his sainthood cause could soon be opened.

Ninja priest? Meet the unlikely new contestant on a hit TV show

May 22, 2018 / 23:45 pm

Among the contestants on season 10 of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, there’s one who stands out.

Photos: 15,000 Canadians march for life in Ottawa

May 11, 2018 / 15:31 pm

An estimated 15,000 people attended the Canadian March for Life on Thursday in Ottawa.

No monkey business: Chimps don’t have human rights, philosophers say

May 11, 2018 / 10:00 am

After a New York judge said that courts must seriously consider whether animals deserve some legal protections afforded to people, Catholic philosophers say that human beings are unique, and that, when it comes to law and ethics, that matters.

Bethlehem emigrants open shop to support Christian artisans in Holy Land

May 3, 2018 / 21:08 pm

A Catholic goods shop opened its first brick and mortar store last month, presenting a wide variety of merchandise which supports artisans in the Holy Land.

Bishop praises ‘life-giving intent’ of Iowa’s fetal heartbeat bill

May 3, 2018 / 18:00 pm

An Iowa bishop said that a bill banning abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat “affirms the life-giving intent” of the state’s pro-life efforts.

In South Sudan, Catholic hospital to receive new surgical, maternity units

May 2, 2018 / 02:02 am

The Catholic Medical Mission Board is adding a new surgical unit and a blood bank to a hospital in South Sudan, offering better care to a country with one of the highest maternal mortality rates.

As Pittsburgh churches consolidate, bishop urges strong communities

May 1, 2018 / 15:43 pm

As the Diocese of Pittsburgh moves to condense its 188 parishes into 57 multi-parish groups, Bishop David Zubik hopes the new communities will become inspiring witnesses to the Catholic faith.

Chicago discipleship building group coming to three new cities

Apr 26, 2018 / 23:39 pm

Originally created as an organization to form disciples in the Chicago area, L’Alto Catholic Institute is now expanding to three new cities, with local teams working to instill a culture of discipleship at a local level.