Archbishop Perez's messages

Retired Cleveland bishop was ‘close friend and constant model,’ says archbishop

Bishop Anthony Pilla, who died Sept. 21, displayed a "love and passion for the priesthood" and for the people he served, said Archbishop Nelson Pérez, himself a former bishop of Cleveland.

Archbishop calls on Catholics to support Afghan refugee resettlement

"All of us must do what we can ... to accompany migrants and refugees on their journey," Archbishop Nelson Perez said in a statement. "I fervently encourage all people of good will to intensify their prayers seeking peace in Afghanistan."

Memories of 9/11 an opportunity to renew hope in God, archbishop says

On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Archbishop Nelson Perez recalls in his message the resilience of the American spirit. He prays for all those still affected and for first responders.

Archbishop Perez sends greetings on Jewish high holy days

As the Jewish faith community celebrates Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Archbishop Nelson Perez extended the prayerful best wishes of the Catholic community in the Philadelphia region.

Rest on Labor Day, lay burdens at the Lord’s feet, archbishop advises

Archbishop Nelson Perez wished everyone a happy holiday as Americans pause to consider the impact of their work, knowing that all is for the greater glory of God.

Trust in God, care for one another in Ida’s wake, archbishop urges

In a statement following historic flooding in the Philadelphia region due to Hurricane Ida, Archbishop Nelson Pérez praised the work of first responders and utilities and road crews, and prayed that God's protection would come to all in the face of uncertainty.

Prioritize health, pray to end COVID as Mass obligation resumes, says archbishop

As the requirement to attend Sunday and holy day liturgies in person resumes Aug. 15, Archbishop Nelson Pérez calls on faithful to take appropriate precautions and seek vaccinations "as an act of charity."

Religious sister killed in accident was ‘faithful witness to Christ and his church,’ says archbishop

Longtime high school theology teacher Sister Frances Antoinette Engler, S.S.J., who died Aug. 5, "touched the lives of thousands of people throughout our region," said Archbishop Nelson Pérez in an Aug. 6 statement.

Traditional Latin Mass to continue in archdiocese, for now

Following a new letter from Pope Francis on the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, Archbishop Nelson Pérez said he will grant priests the faculty to continue "using the liturgical books prior to the reform of 1970 until further guidance is forthcoming."

Archbishop Pérez reinstates obligation to attend Sunday Mass

In a new statement July 15, the archbishop joined with the other Catholic bishops of Pennsylvania in setting Sunday, Aug. 15 as the date on which attending Mass will be required of Catholics again, notwithstanding health concerns.