On 8 May 2016, Br. James (Jim) Perluzzi, a member of the Sacred Heart Province in the USA, passed away. Jim served at the General Curia in Rome for more than 20 years and is fondly remembered as a kind friar with an interesting character and a good sense of humor.
He was born on December 24, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He entered the Order in Teutopolis, Illinois in 1957, made solemn profession in 1961, and ordained a priest in 1965.
After his ordination, Jim received some further pastoral education earning a degree in Library Science. He served as Secretary of the Sacred Heart Province from 1967-1978. He then became the Provincial Procurator of the Franciscan Missionary Union at St. Augustine Friary in Chicago. He served in this office from 1978-1985. In 1984 he was elected to the Provincial Definitorium, but left this office when he was named General Secretary for the Missions in Rome. He served in Rome from 1985-2007. He returned to the United States and moved to St. Peter Friary in Chicago where he served in various ministries from 2008-2014. He retired in March 2015 due to ill health.
Jim had a well-known saying in his Province that described three criteria for being a genuine friar. A genuine friar possesses: (1) idiosyncrasies; (2) strong opinions, preferably unfounded; and (3) some type of ailment, preferably chronic. He would say that he possesses all three.
The Minister General with his Definitory and all the Brothers of the Order express their fraternal closeness and are united in prayer for the eternal repose of Br. Jim.
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