- Category : Religion-Missionary
- Type : ME
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Vessel of Love 3
Ferdinand Perier, S.J., D.D. (22 September 1875, Antwerp, Belgium – 10 November 1968, Calcutta, India), was a Jesuit priest.
A missionary in British India, and the third Archbishop of Calcutta (now Kolkata).
Fernandus Augustus Maria Josephus Perier was born on 22 September 1875 in Antwerp, Belgium, the son of the wealthy merchant and his wife, Felix Joannes Baptista Augustus Perier and Leonia Josephina Ferleman. After he finished his studies at the Jesuit College in Antwerp, Ferdinand worked for four years in commerce. He did so well with his knowledge of maritime law that, when he decided to join the Society of Jesus on 23 September 1897, he was the director of a successful shipping insurance company.
Perier went through the first two stages of the Jesuit formation, the novitiate in Tronchiennes, a neighborhood of Ghent, between 1897 and 1899, and the juniorate between 1899-1900. Then he studied philosophy at the Catholic University of Louvain for three years, between 1900 and 1903. Perier taught for two years, in 1904 and 1905, as a professor of Grammar and Flemish at the second Collège Saint-Michel, a Jesuit high school in Brussels.
At his request, Perier was sent to India. He arrived in Calcutta on 9 December 1906.
His formation continued with his studies in theology at the Jesuit theological college in Kurseong (1907-1911), where he was also ordained on 3 October 1909. He then went to Ranchi for his Third Year, the last stage of his Jesuit formation. Two years later, in 1911, he was appointed as the Procurator of the Mission and the Secretary of Brice Meuleman, S.J., the Archbishop of Calcutta.
His formation finally ended in the next year, on 2 February 1912, when he took his Profession of the Fourth Vow in Ranchi.
Superior Regular and Coadjutor Bishop