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

This Catholic Arts Competition aims to foster beautiful Christian art

Apr 13, 2018 / 02:01 am

A Catholic liberal arts college in Pennsylvania is hosting its seventh biennial Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition to move artists and buyers towards diverse, original, and beautiful Christian art.

Why Catholic dioceses are teaming up with Young Life

Apr 6, 2018 / 09:21 am

Partnerships between dioceses and the ecumenical evangelization group Young Life aim to connect Catholic youths with their Catholic parishes.  

How a Church on the 'peripheries' celebrates Easter

Mar 29, 2018 / 10:21 am

As the Catholic Church prepares to receive thousands of Catholic converts this Easter, Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup, N.M., is preparing to receive seven. Gallup’s bishop says he is grateful to celebrate the Triduum in a place many describe as the “periphery” of American culture.  

'Opportunities for conversion' - the liturgies of Holy Week

Mar 28, 2018 / 13:55 pm

Any priest will tell you that Easter Sunday Mass is one of the most highly attended of the year, alongside Christmas Mass and, at least in the United States, Mass on Ash Wednesday. But Easter Sunday Mass, while popular, is not the only important or beautiful liturgy celebrated during the days of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum.

What Mary Eberstadt told Notre Dame about 'Humanae Vitae'

Mar 20, 2018 / 15:23 pm

Author Mary Eberstadt told students at the University of Notre Dame Tuesday that a 50-year-old document on contraception is critical to understanding the state of contemporary culture.

Ohio AG will appeal to maintain law banning Down syndrome abortions

Mar 16, 2018 / 16:09 pm

A federal judge has blocked a law from taking effect next week which bans abortions after a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

The priest who started #CelibacyMatters

Mar 7, 2018 / 17:00 pm

The culture assumes celibacy is unhealthy, repressive, and gamophobic, but is it?

Former president of Franciscan U posthumously receives Poverello Medal

Feb 22, 2018 / 16:59 pm

Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, former president of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, will posthumously receive the 2018 Poverello Medal, the college's highest non-academic award.

Science – not sabotage – behind Filipino 'Rash Wednesday' mystery

Feb 16, 2018 / 13:41 pm

After some Filipino Catholics developed mysterious rashes on Ash Wednesday, the Diocese of Caloocan investigated to determine the cause of the skin irritant.

Florida resolution could label pornography a 'public health risk'

Feb 12, 2018 / 16:55 pm

A proposed resolution in Florida would declare pornography a public health risk, allowing for greater education and research into the hazards of porn, especially among developing children and teens.  

Catholic symposium – how music, food, and friendship ground us in reality

Feb 8, 2018 / 13:00 pm

The Prairie Troubadour gathering will be full of good music, food, and discussions with Catholic leaders addressing how to live a healthy human ecology in a digital age.

Holy Land pilgrimages on the rise, despite political tensions

Feb 7, 2018 / 15:00 pm

While the transition of the American embassy to Jerusalem has exacerbated regional tension in recent months, the number of Christian pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land has increased.

RISE up and be a man – 30 day challenge builds masculine and Catholic habits

Feb 6, 2018 / 05:00 am

A new 30-day challenge maps out daily actions for men hoping to live authentic masculine Catholicism by reclaiming the identities of sons, brothers, fathers, and spouses, its creators say.

This Catholic school’s official holiday is Groundhog Day?

Feb 1, 2018 / 17:00 pm

Students at the University of Dallas have an unusual favorite holiday. Groundhog Day.

How this app could steal your face to make porn

Jan 31, 2018 / 11:31 am

A new app allows users to digitally alter pornography videos, placing the faces of celebrities onto the bodies of porn stars.

'Tiny Thomists': How one Catholic curriculum offers big ideas to little kids

Jan 30, 2018 / 02:51 am

A digital catechetical program for children as young as five aims to equip early learners with Thomistic principles that will help them understand and defend their faith as they grow.

OneLife LA event an opportunity to celebrate life, face culture of death

Jan 22, 2018 / 17:04 pm

Thousands gathered in Los Angeles on Saturday for a rally and march supporting the dignity of every human life and proclaiming that every human person is “made for greater.”

Join the 9 Days for Life campaign of prayer and action

Jan 17, 2018 / 15:01 pm

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops have beefed up their social media presence for the 9 Days for Life novena, calling Catholics not only to prayer but to action within communities, both virtual and local.

Couple sues abortion clinic for malpractice

Jan 11, 2018 / 19:00 pm

A Boulder abortion clinic is accused of malpractice, after allegedly leaving nearly two inches of a fetus’ skull inside a patient’s uterus during a late-term abortion, apparently forcing a patient to undergo a hysterectomy.

What’s the secret to happiness? The beatitudes, this priest says

Jan 11, 2018 / 12:27 pm

A parish priest in South Carolina has developed a beatitude challenge that seeks to combat cultural misunderstanding of happiness and encourage Christians to pursue authentic joy.