"Father Norm Perry was a warm and gentle man who loved
to cultivate orchids. A former recipient of the St. Francis
de Sales Award, his life was devoted to making St. Anthony
Messenger one of the finest magazines of the Catholic
press. But his greatest gift to the Church was the quiet
kindness he demonstrated to all those around him. We will
all miss him greatly, we will be inspired by him always."
From Thomas Lorsung, editor, Catholic News Service, Washington,
"Father Perry's presence at Catholic Press meetings
always seemed to me to provide a model of simplicity, good
humor and wisdom. His colleagues honored him with the St.
Francis de Sales Award. It was richly deserved."
From Ethel Gintoft, editor, the Milwaukee Catholic Herald,
former president of the Catholic Press Association:
"The Catholic Press has lost a brilliant and
wise journalist. I could almost say Father Norman was a stubbornly
brilliant and wise man, unwilling to submit to less than the
best path to follow both in St. Anthony Messenger and
in the national Catholic Press Association. More significantly
in the eyes of God, I suspect, the Catholic Press has lost
a gentleman and a true Christian. His support of and courtesy
to me as I broke into the almost all-male status of Catholic
journalism back in the old days will always remain
dear to my heart. God rest ye, Norm."
From Jeremy Harrington, O.F.M., publisher of St. Anthony
Messenger Press and Franciscan Communications:
"Father Norman Perry was both an inspiration and support
to me all the years we worked together at St. Anthony
Messenger. With his keen intelligence he was able to
analyze and get to the heart of issues and make excellent
judgments. If Norman was on board with a decision or editorial
position, I knew our position was defensible. If there was
flak, we took it together. Orally and in writing he was
clear and forceful. Rather than getting into the Liberal
or Conservative camp, he studied each issue and came to
his own conclusion.
"He was passionate about the mission of the Catholic
Press. He was concerned about Catholics who did not receive
any Catholic magazine or newspaper. In the early 1970s
he came up with the concept of Catholic Update as
a way of reaching people with Vatican II teachings. As Wise
Man for 33 years, he was respectful of each letter
writer and took time to research each question.
"I will miss him for his wisdom and his friendship."