Breakout Session Speaker


Father Pérez was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on May 20, 1989. On January 23, 2020 Pope Francis appointed him the 14th Bishop and 10th Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. A kind, joyous, and hard-working person, Archbishop Pérez enriches those ministries and people entrusted to his care. Rooted in Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” Archbishop Pérez’s pastoral vision can be summarized as: “Church on Mission: Proactive, Involved, Supportive, Fruitful, and Joyful.”

As a part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Pérez served as chair of the Bishops’ Standing Committee on Cultural Diversity, chaired the Bishops’ Sub-Committee for Hispanic Affairs, and served as the lead Bishop for the V Encuentro process for the USCCB. He also served as a member of the Bishops’ Sub-Committee for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and served on the Administrative and the Religious Liberty Committees for the USCCB. Archbishop Pérez currently serves as the bishop liaison for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM).