Most Reverend Fernand Cheri, III
Titular Bishop of Membressa and
Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans
Bishop Fernand Cheri, III was born January 28, 1952, in New Orleans.
He studied at Notre Dame University, New Orleans, where he received a master’s of divinity, and at the
Institute for Black Catholic Ministry at Xavier University, New Orleans. He was ordained a priest of
the Archdiocese of New Orleans on May 20, 1978.
Cheri served in several parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans
before becoming campus minister at Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois. He also taught at
St. Augustine High School and served as assistant campus minister at Xavier University. He is
a nationally renowned archivist of Black religious music and has written several articles and
books on Black Catholic worship and liturgy. View Full Profile