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July 6, 2020
4:00 p.m. PDT
St. Ignatius Church
Portland, Oregon

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Fr. Perry Petrich, SJ, was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. Perry attended Bellarmine Preparatory School in his hometown before graduating from Fordham College at Lincoln Center in New York City with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and theology. Highlights of his time at Fordham include stage managing both the New York premiere of Tim Robbins’s “Dead Man Walking” and Duran Duran at the Statue of Liberty. From New York, he moved to Cazadero, California, where he worked for the Caritas Creek program, leading outdoor education trips for Bay Area Catholic grade schools. Perry entered the Society of Jesus in 2008. During his Jesuit formation, he has taught theatre both to students at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon, and to migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. As a Jesuit, he has also worked in schools in Chicago, Phoenix, San Jose and Oakland. He will continue to work in secondary education serving as a theology teacher and campus minister at Jesuit High School in Sacramento. He holds master’s degrees in Catholic educational leadership from the University of San Francisco and in social philosophy from Loyola University Chicago as well as a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California. In addition, he has written for The Jesuit Post and America Magazine, taught sailing at summer camps in the Archdiocese of Seattle, and played guitar with Grammy-award winner Tim Kubart.


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