Cross a gift from Bishop Perry
In the late 1980s, as Bishop-elect Fernand Cheri was concluding a visit to the home of Bishop Harold Perry, the elder priest excused himself, went to his bedroom and returned with a special gift: a pectoral cross given to Bishop Perry by Father Clarence Rivers, a black priest from Cincinnati and pioneer in the 1950s of bringing African-American expressions of culture into the Roman Catholic liturgy.
Bishop’s mom will be there, probably tearing up
If, as St. Paul says, nothing can separate us from the love of God, there is absolutely nothing, God willing, that will keep Gladys Cheri, the matriarch of the Cheri family, from her place of honor inside St. Louis Cathedral on March 23 for the ordination of her son, Franciscan Father Ferd Cheri III, to the episcopacy.
Abp. Aymond: Pope Francis returned our native son
I’m truly grateful to Pope Francis for appointing Father Ferd Cheri, a native son and a Franciscan priest, as auxiliary bishop of New Orleans.
Xavier studies enriched black Catholic experience
“He is a very warm and caring man. He is approachable. He’s jovial. He’s compassionate. Those would be characteristics that best describe Bishop-elect Ferd Cheri,” said Redemptorist Father Maurice Nutt, director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) at Xavier University.
OLDP’s cookbook is a gumbo of ideas
Raising money for Our Lady of Divine Providence Parish and School is what publishing six cookbooks in five decades has accomplished. The Parents Club was responsible for the first four, and the parish organized the last two anniversary editions, said cookbook organizer Bonnie McGuinness.
O, happy day!
Father Paul Desrosiers, pastor of Transfiguration of the Lord Parish in New Orleans, was the homilist March 15 at the annual Mass for priests, sisters and brothers celebrating anniversaries of their ordination or religious profession. Archbishop Gregory Aymond, who like Father Desrosiers was ordained 40 years ago in 1975, was the principal celebrant of the Mass at St. Rita Church.