Rev. John J. Perry

February 20, 1957February 11, 2020
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Reverend John J. Perry, age 62, of Centerville and Fall River, MA, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning February 11, 2020 in Charlton Memorial Hospital.

Born in Fall River, the son of the late John and Marie C. (Carvalho) Perry, he was a graduate of Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River. A native of Holy Rosary Parish in Fall River, Father Perry studied at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton and was ordained a priest on June 11, 1983 by Bishop Daniel A. Cronin in St. Mary’s Cathedral.

He served as parochial vicar at Holy Name Parish in New Bedford and Our Lady of Victory Parish in Centerville before being named pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish in Fall River in 1996. In 2006 he was named pastor of St. Jacques and Immaculate Conception parishes in Taunton, which later became St. Jude the Apostle Parish in 2007. In June 2014, Father Perry was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Victory and Our Lady of the Assumption parishes.

In addition to serving as Director of Diocesan Cemeteries, Father Perry’s other diocesan assignments have included being the director of Continuing Formation for Clergy; chaplain to two police departments as well as to Cape Cod Community College and the Daughters of Isabella in New Bedford; and auditor of the diocesan Marriage Tribunal. He was also a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #2525 in Hyannis.

Fr. Perry is survived by his sister Nancy M. Blythe and her husband Kevin of Fall River; two brothers Michael L. Perry and his wife Melissa of Somerset and Robert J. Perry and his wife Catherine of Assonet; nieces and nephew Kory Marie Silva, Nina Blythe, Jenna, Robyn, Rachel and Michael Perry; two great nieces Merilyn and Margaret Silva and a cousin Lisa Carvalho.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 11am in St. Joseph’s Parish, 1335 N. Main St., Fall River. Burial will follow and take place in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Fall River. Fr. Perry will lie in state on Sunday, February 16th from 3 to 7 in St. Joseph’s Parish in Fall River. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Societies of St. Joseph’s Parish in Fall River or Our Lady of Victory Parish in Centerville, MA. His arrangements are in the care of the Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place in Fall River. For online tributes and directions, please visit:


  • St. Vincent de Paul Societies of St. Joseph’s Parish in Fall River
  • Our Lady of Victory Parish in Centerville, MA


  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 16, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, February 17, 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, February 17, 2020


Rev. John J. Perry

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Patricia Farghaly

February 13, 2021

Rest In Peace Father Perry. You are missed and in my prayers.God Bless. ☹☹🙏🙏

Alan Edwards

February 12, 2021

He was a nice man and was a responsible priest, took his job as a caring soul. He had covered a big area throughout the Cape Cod community dealing with two Parishes. May Father Perry RIP...

Bernie KLOTZ

February 11, 2021

It's amazing that a whole year has passed since "Young" Father Perry was called home. And what a year it has been! I think of him often and pray each day that God will bless him. I am comforted that he is safe, but saddened that he is no longer with us here.

Lisa Baker

April 29, 2020

Fr. John married my husband and I on June 23, in 2001 at Saint Joseph parish. One thing that I remember is that when Douglas and I got to the altar, Fr. John whispered to us "take a deep breath".

Rev. Edward J Healey

February 21, 2020

To all of Fr. John's Family,

I was on my way to the Holy Land when I received a message during a lay over at Munich airport that John had passed away unexpectedly; I was shocked and deeply saddened. John was my supervisor during my deacon year and I have always been very fond of him as a brother priest who had many technical talents as well and most of all, a no nonsense, ever honest approach to all things! He truly was taken from us too soon but I am comforted by the thought of him reunited with his parents, Fr. Vinnie D. and Fr. John Murphy and all the good people of Holy Name and other parishes where he served who were also so fond of him. I offered Mass for him in Jerusalem on Monday, February 17th, but felt terrible that I could not be present at his funeral Mass that day in Fall River. Please be assured that he will long be remembered! With sincere sympathy and a promise of prayer,
Fr. Ed Healey

Patricia Farghaly

February 21, 2020

You will be missed Rev. Perry. You were one of a kind always helping other people. You never failed to stop in at Christmas night or any other time. What a pure heart and soul. My condolences to your family and friends. God Bless.🙏🏻🙏🏻

Frank Greco

February 20, 2020

My wife and daughter and myself attend the 9 AM daily Mass at OLV Parish and were so saddened by the sudden passing of Father Perry. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers and though we will miss him very much we know he is in Heaven.

The Greco Family

Edie Simister

February 18, 2020

Nancy , Michael, and Bobby please accept my deepest sympathy.

Fran Guilbert

February 18, 2020

In the 1980's I had the pleasure of working with Father Perry at Holy Name in New Bedford. He was a good friend and kind, thoughtful man. His death is so shocking and sad. My deepest sympathy to his family at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

Dennis O'Brien

February 17, 2020

My deepest condolences in Father Perry's passing. I am saddened by the news, and he will be missed by many, not only in his family but also his extended parish family. He was a wonderful, caring priest with many accomplishments, and I will always remember him for the peace he gave my mother when he administered her last rites. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. God bless.