Denver Newsroom, May 12, 2023 / 12:25 pm
Longtime Black Catholic leader Bishop Joseph N. Perry, an auxiliary bishop of Chicago, is the new chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Perry, 75, succeeds Archbishop Shelton J. Fabre of Louisville, Kentucky, who served two terms as chairman. Fabre, who became archbishop of Louisville in March 2022, requested that a new chairman be named, the USCCB said in a May 10 announcement.
Perry will be the third chairman of the committee since its creation.
In 2017, then-USCCB president Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston formed the anti-racism committee to “address the sin of racism and the urgent need to come together to find solutions.” It was established in response to increasing racial tensions and white nationalist activism. DiNardo announced the committee after white supremacists and neo-Nazis rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a 20-year-old man drove a car into a counterprotest, killing one and injuring 19.