Arthur Kennedy (bishop)

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Arthur Leo Kennedy
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Boston
Titular Bishop of Timidana
Church Roman Catholic Church
Archdiocese Boston
Appointed June 30, 2010
Installed September 14, 2010
Term ended June 30, 2017
Other posts Titular Bishop of Timidana
Ordination December 17, 1966
by Francis Frederick Reh
Consecration September 14, 2010
by Seán Patrick O'Malley, Walter James Edyvean, and Robert Francis Hennessey
Personal details
Born (1942-01-09) January 9, 1942 (age 76)
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Alma mater
(So that they may know you)
Styles of
Arthur Leo Kennedy
Coat of arms of Arthur Leo Kennedy.svg
Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop
Ordination history of
Arthur Kennedy
Priestly ordination
Ordained by Francis Frederick Reh
Date of ordination December 17, 1966
Place of ordination St. Peter's Basilica
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecrator Seán Patrick O'Malley
Co-consecrators Walter James Edyvean,
Robert Francis Hennessey
Date of consecration September 14, 2010
Place of consecration Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, MA

Arthur Leo Kennedy (born January 9, 1942) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts, from 2010 to 2017. After retirement he took up residence in St. Mary's Church in Dedham.[1]


Early life and education[edit]

Arthur Leo Kennedy was born on January 9, 1942 in Boston and is one of six children of the late Arthur and Helen (O’Rourke) Kennedy. He has four brothers (Kevin, Terrence, Christopher, and Brian) and one sister (Maurabeth). He is the uncle of four nieces and four nephews.[2]

Kennedy attended Longfellow Elementary School in Boston’s Roslindale section and St. Aidan Grammar School in Brookline, Massachusetts before entering the Boston Latin School of which he is an alumnus of the class of 1959. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Saint John's Seminary College in 1963. Kennedy then attended the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy.

Ordination, education and ministry[edit]

Kennedy and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston on December 17, 1966 in St. Peter’s Basilica by the then rector of the Pontifical North American College, Bishop Francis Reh. He obtained a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1967. He earned his doctorate in Systematic Theology/Philosophy of Religion in 1978 from Boston College[citation needed] where he was also a teaching assistant.

A native of the Archdiocese of Boston, Bishop Kennedy was ordained to the priesthood in December 1966. He served at St. Monica Parish in Methuen from 1967-1969 and St. Joseph Parish in East Boston from 1969-1974.

For nearly 33 years Bishop Kennedy served in various positions at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. While at the University of St. Thomas he also served at Holy Trinity Church in South Saint Paul from 1974-1982 and at the Church of the Assumption in St. Paul from 1982-2000. In addition to serving as a faculty member at the university, he was also on the faculty of the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity (1990, 1995–2000, 2006) and was Director of the Master of Arts in Theology program. From 2002-2005, amidst his assignment as university professor, Kennedy served as executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C.. He served as the Rector of Saint John's Seminary (Massachusetts) in Brighton, Massachusetts from July 2007 until July 2012.[3]

Auxiliary Bishop of Boston[edit]

On June 14, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Kennedy auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston.[citation needed] His consecration was September 14, 2010 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. He chose as his episcopal motto: Ut cognoscant te, meaning, "so that they may know you." This phrase from Saint John's Gospel (John 17:3) expresses the profound directive of all Christian educators, that in their role they pledge themselves to teach, for Christ.

Bishop Kennedy was named Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Boston by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley on Jan. 18, 2012. In this role Bishop Kennedy develops, oversees and promotes programs for awakening and strengthening the Catholic Faith in the Archdiocese of Boston, including the Theological Initiative for the New Evangelization.[4]

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Boston