Father Richard “Dick” Perl, SJ, 68, serves in pastoral ministry to a Latino immigrant community in the metro Kansas City area.
Born in St. Louis, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1978 by Bishop George Gottwald at St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis.
Except for three years as a teacher of English, literature, world history and West Indian geography at St. John’s College in Belize City, Belize, he has spent almost his entire ministry in Belize and Honduras in Central America as retreat director, associate pastor, pastor, pastoral worker and Jesuit superior.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Saint Louis University in 1971 and a Master of Divinity, Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass., 1978.
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