Norman J. Perrin Jr. Roman Catholic priest

July 08, 1991

A Mass of the Resurrection for the Rev. Norman J. Perrin Jr., a longtime Roman Catholic priest, will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Church, Church Lane, Cockeysville.

Father Perrin died of cancer June 30, the day before his 59th birthday, at his Gardenville home.

At the time of his death, he was associate pastor at St. Ignatius Church in Hickory and a chaplain at University and Johns Hopkins hospitals.

A graduate of the former St. Charles Seminary in Catonsville, Father Perrin was ordained in 1958. He served as a priest at St. Brigid's Church in Canton, St. Peter the Apostle Church in West Baltimore and St. Patrick's Church in Fells Point.

Father Perrin also worked as chaplain at Church Home Hospital, helped found the Beans & Bread soup kitchen on Aliceanna Street, worked to restore homes for the poor and started a neighborhood newspaper in Fells Point, the Gazette.

He spent a year in Chicago during the 1960s, helping to establish employee-assistance programs for railroad workers.

Upon returning to Maryland, he tutored inmates at Patuxent Institute, worked as a counselor in a state alcoholism-control program and taught for three years at Our Lady Queen of Peace grammar school in Essex.

Father Perrin also helped transform his former seminary into a retirement community, the Charlestown Retirement Center, in the mid-1980s.

In his spare time, he enjoyed hiking and sailing and worked as an amateur tour guide for Baltimore.

Father Perrin is survived by his stepmother, Nancy F. Perrin of Baltimore; a brother, Frank Perrin of Hanover, Pa.; a sister, Lillian McClintock of Annapolis; two nieces; and two nephews.

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