The Rev. John D. Perris, Class of 1998, has been appointed Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of New York. He is currently serving as the Rector of the Episcopal Church of Christ the King in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In the next weeks he and his wife Catharine and their family will relocate to New York, and he will assume his new responsibilities on June 16.
Perris served parishes in the dioceses of Southwestern Virginia, Massachusetts and Newark, before he began his current cure in Frankfurt in 2014. In those dioceses, he served as Assistant and Associate Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke, Virginia; the Rector of Christ Church, Harwich Port, Massachusetts; and the Rector of St. James', Upper Montclair, New Jersey.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History "with distinction" from Cornell University and a Doctor of Laws (J.D.) from the Yale Law School. Perris then practiced law in New York City and London, England, until he began his studies at General, from which he graduated cum laude. After his ordination to the priesthood, he received the certificate of successful completion of the Church Development Institute’s two-year program in Congregational Development.
In making the announcement, The Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche, Bishop of New York, referred to Perris as “a gentle soul and true Christian. He is a genuinely nice guy,” Dietsche continued, “and I look forward to working with him. I am confident that he will become a valued resource for our clergy and churches, and a partner in ministry for me and Bishops Allen and Mary, and for the members of my staff. I look forward to the opportunity to introduce him to the Diocese of New York.”