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Diocese of Rockville Centre

Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez, M.Div, M.A.

Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre
Vicar for the Eastern Vicariate, Vicar for the Hispanic Apostolate

Bishop Nelson Perez was born in Miami, Florida, June 16th, 1961 to parents David and Emma Perez. He has two brothers: the late Doctor David Perez and Louis Martin Perez. He attended P.S. Number 4 in West New York, New Jersey and graduated from Memorial High School in West New York, New Jersey. Bishop Perez then graduated from Montclair State College. Prior to entering the Seminary, Nelson Perez taught at a Catholic elementary school, Colegio La Piedad in Puerto Rico. He was ordained to the priesthood on
May 20, 1989.

In 1998, Father Perez was named Chaplain to His Holiness Pope John Paul II with the title of monsignor. In 2009, he was made a prelate of honor. On June 8, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Perez an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Msgr. Perez and Msgr. Robert Brennan were ordained as bishops in Saint Agnes Cathedral on July 25, 2012, the Feast of Saint James the Apostle.

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