Additional Speakers

Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, J.C.L., D.D.

Bishop Joseph Perry was appointed, during the pontificate of his Holiness, Pope John Paul II, Titular Bishop of Lead [an historic former See in South Dakota] and Auxiliary to his Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, on 5 May 1998. His episcopal consecration took place 29 June, 1998, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral. His duties, currently, see him as Episcopal Vicar for Vicariate VI of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Bishop Perry, originally, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, was ordained by the late Archbishop William Edward Cousins, May 24, 1975 at St. John Cathedral, Milwaukee. After an eighteen month assignment as associate pastor of St. Nicholas Parish, Milwaukee, he was assigned to the Tribunal offices of the Archdiocese in December 1976 and was sent for graduate studies in canon law at The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. His priestly ministry has been spent with ecclesiastical law and education working primarily in the church courts as advocate, then as judge in the court of appeals that services the suffragan Dioceses of Superior, LaCrosse, Green Bay and Madison, and as conciliation and arbitration clerk. In 1983 he was appointed judicial vicar for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, a post he held for two six year terms until his appointment as pastor of All Saints Parish, Milwaukee, in June 1995. He served as the chaplain of the St. Thomas More Lawyers Society of Wisconsin an association of Catholic lawyers and judges. Until his appointment as bishop he was also adjunct professor of canon law studies at Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Sacred Heart Seminary, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. As satellites to his duties as auxiliary bishop he functions as adjunct professor of canon law at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, and served as associate judge in the Second Instance Court of Appeals for the six Dioceses in the state of Illinois configured to the Province of Chicago till the 2015 revision of procedural law for appeals ordered under the pontificate of Pope Francis. Bishop Perry also serves Vice-President of the Board for the NBCC-National Black Catholic Congress, Baltimore, Maryland and as chaplain to NABCA – the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators January 28, 2010, Cardinal Francis George appointed Bishop Perry Postulator for the Diocesan Phase of the Cause for Sainthood of Father Augustus Tolton, first priest of African descent in the United States who labored in the Diocese of Alton (now Springfield, Illinois) and the Archdiocese of Chicago till his untimely death in 1897 at the age of 43.

Fr. Neil Roy, STL, PhD

Father Neil J. Roy, a priest of the Diocese of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, completed his undergraduate education at the University of St Michael’s College, Toronto, with a double major in Medieval Studies and Latin and a minor in Philosophy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome and a license in Sacramental Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant’ Anselmo, Rome. After seven years in parish life, he completed an MA in Medieval Studies, and earned his doctoral degree in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto. His area of concentration was medieval liturgy. Fr Roy edited Benedict XVI and the Sacred Liturgy (Scepter, 2011) and contributed the chapter on Mary in the Liturgy in Mariology: A Guide for Priests, Deacons, Seminarians and Consecrated Persons (Seat of Wisdom Books, 2007). Other essays appear in Ephemerides liturgicae, Antiphon, Adoremus Bulletin, and Inside the Vatican. He is currently the Montfort Fellow and Chaplain at the Saint Benedict Center, Still River, MA, where he lectures in Liturgy, Sacramental Theology, Mariology, and Sacred Iconography.

Fr Eric Mason, BA, STB, MDiv

After earning a bachelor’s degree in archeology from Trent University, Fr Mason pursued philosophy at St Philip’s Seminary, Toronto, and completed both a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity at St Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, where he was graduated with highest distinction. Ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Peterborough, Ontario in 2015, Father Mason currently serves as Associate Pastor at the Church of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lindsay, Ontario.

Fr. Thomas Kocik

Fr. Thomas M. Kocik is a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, and currently serves at Santo Christo Parish in Fall River. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton and master’s degrees (M.Div. and M.A.) in Systematic Theology from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland (thesis on apostolic succession). A member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy and former editor of its journal Antiphon, he is the author of several articles, book chapters, reviews, and homilies, and has spoken at international liturgical conferences in Budapest (2008) and New York City (2015). In addition to his three books related to the sacred liturgy — The Reform of the Reform? A Liturgical Debate (Ignatius Press, 2003), Loving and Living the Mass (Zaccheus Press, 2007; 2nd ed. 2011), and Singing His Song: A Short Introduction to the Liturgical Movement (Chorabooks, 2016) — he also wrote Apostolic Succession in an Ecumenical Context (Alba House, 1996) and The Fullness of Faith: Catholicism and the World’s Major Religions (Newman House Press, 2013). For a complete bibliography, see