Fr. Fernand J. Cheri, OFM, New Bishop

The Holy Father has appointed Fr. Fernand J. Cheri, O.F.M., as auxiliary of the archdiocese of New Orleans (area 10,898, population 1,238,228, Catholics 520,056, priests 352, permanent deacons 211, religious 664), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in New Orleans in 1952, was ordained a priest in 1978 and gave his solemn vows in 1996.

He holds a master’s degree in theology from Xavier University, New Orleans, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including administrator of the “St. Joseph the Worker” parish; parish priest of the “St. Francis de Sales” parish, New Orleans; administrator of the “St. Theresa of the Child Jesus” parish, New Orleans; chaplain and teacher at the “Hales Franciscan High School”, Chicago; parish priest of the “St. Vincent de Paul” parish, Nashville; teacher at the Althoff Catholic High School, Belleville; director of the O.F.M. Office of Friar Life, vocation minister of the O.F.M. Vocation Office and deputy director of the university chaplaincy of Xavier University, New Orleans.

He is currently director of campus ministry at Quincy University, Quincy.