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Photo: A portrait photo of Rev. Dr. Robert J. Perelli, CJM

VP for Mission Integration Named at D'Youville

Buffalo, New York – June 9, 2016 – D’Youville College has named Rev. Dr. Robert J. Perelli, C.J.M. vice president for mission integration, a newly created position at the private college.

He will be responsible for the implementation and integration of the Catholic Grey Nun mission into the D’Youville community and in strategic planning for the college.

Rev. Perelli will be a member of the President’s Council, and develop and coordinate programs that interpret the philosophy, mission and values of the college.

Perelli, a member of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudist Fathers), is the founder and president of The Center for Family Systems Theory of Western New York that offers psychotherapy for clients, training for medical professionals, educators, social service providers, clergy and business leaders. 

He also provides consulting services at Women and Children’s Hospital including support groups for parents with a child that has a chronic, serious or life-threatening disease and for parents who have experienced the death of a child.

He is the weekend priest at St. Joseph University Roman Catholic Church and an instructor at Christ the King Seminary.

Perelli served as pastor of Ascension Roman Catholic Church in San Diego from 2012 to 2014.

He founded AIDS Family Services of WNY in 1989 and also served as president of the organization providing therapy for individuals and families.

In the early 1980s, Rev. Perelli was on the staff of D’Youville as Campus Minister holding religious services and directing the Office of Campus Ministry, a student volunteer organization.

The Congregation of Jesus and Mary (C.J.M.), whose members are known as Eudists, is a small society of priests founded by Saint Jean Eudes in 1643.  It is engaged mainly in the training of diocesan clergy and education in 17 countries and 5 continents.

A native of Lackawanna, N.Y., Rev. Perelli obtained his degree in philosophy and his Master of Divinity degree from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, N.Y. 

In 1989, he received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston.

Rev. Perelli was ordained in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo in 1976.