New Orleans Bishop to Visit Benedictine

New Orleans Bishop to Visit Benedictine College Campus

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bishop CheriFranciscan Father Fernand Cheri III, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Episcopal Moderator for the Catholic Campus Ministry Association, will visit Benedictine College’s Atchison, Kan. campus on September 25 – 27, 2017. He will visit with students from the New Orleans Archdiocese, meet with the Black Student Union, provide guest lectures in several theology and leadership classes, and offer a public lecture during his stay. His public lecture, “I walked and I walked until I found the Lord,” will be on Monday night, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the McAllister Board Room on the fourth floor of the Ferrell Academic Center. He will relate his experiences as a leader in the church and in the community.

A native of New Orleans, Bishop Cheri served in several parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans before becoming campus minister at Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois, in 2011. During his career, he also taught at St. Augustine High School and served as assistant campus minister at Xavier University. A nationally renowned archivist of Black religious music, he has written several articles and books on Black Catholic worship and liturgy. He is a revivalist who preaches across the country drawing his strength and testimony from God's Word in Scripture, "My grace is enough for you, for in weakness power reaches perfection." (2 Cor 12:9)

Bishop Cheri received his Masters of Divinity degree from Notre Dame Seminary and a Masters of Theology degree from Xavier University of Louisiana. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans on May 20, 1978. Pope Francis named him auxiliary bishop of New Orleans on January 12, 2015. The Archdiocese of New Orleans comprises 4,208 square miles in the state of Louisiana and has a total population of 1,252,044 people, of which 500,818, or 40 percent, are Catholic.

“Benedictine College is recognized nationally for its outstanding college ministry program,” said Dr. Joseph Wurtz, Dean of Students. “Bishop Cheri is very excited to come to our campus, meet with our Ministry team, and see our programs in action.”

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.