Posted on January 25, 2020

Pope Francis Appoints Philadelphia Diocese’s First Hispanic Archbishop

UPI, January 23, 2020

Pope Francis named Bishop Nelson Perez as the archbishop of the Philadelphia Archdioceses, making him the first Hispanic to assume the role.

Perez, 58, was born to a Cuban immigrant in Miami and served as a parish priest in sections of Philadelphia for more than 20 years before being elevated to the role of an auxiliary bishop in Long Island, N.Y., in 2012 and being installed as a bishop in Cleveland in 2017.


Perez was appointed to replace Archbishop Charles Chaput, who announced his retirement in September before turning 75, the traditional retirement age for Catholic bishops.


Perez’s mass of installation will take place on Feb. 18 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.