Ken Hackett

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Ken Hackett
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United States Ambassador to the Holy See
In office
October 21, 2013 – January 20, 2017
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Miguel Díaz
Succeeded by Callista Gingrich
Personal details
Born Kenneth Francis Hackett
(1947-01-27) January 27, 1947 (age 70)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater Boston College

Kenneth Francis Hackett (born January 27, 1947) was the United States Ambassador to the Holy See from August 2013 until January 2017.[1] He was previously president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Hackett attended Boston College, graduating in 1968. He then joined the Peace Corps and served in Ghana. Afterwards, he joined Catholic Relief Services (CRS), serving in Africa and Asia. He was named the president of CRS, retiring in 2011.[2]

He was nominated to the post by President Barack Obama in June 2013 and confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2013.[3]

He presented his Letters of Credence to Pope Francis on October 21, 2013. In March 2016 he was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Pius IX. He took leave on 16 January 2017.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

Hackett received an honorary doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in 2007.[5] He was also awarded the Laetare Medal in 2012 by Notre Dame.


  1. ^ Gibson, David (August 3, 2013). "Ken Hackett Is Next Vatican Ambassador: Former Charity Head Unanimously Confirmed By Senate". Huffington Post. 
  2. ^ Pitts, Jonathan (June 14, 2013). "Obama names former CRS head ambassador to the Vatican". The Baltimore Sun. 
  3. ^ "Former charity head confirmed as U.S. ambassador to Vatican". Washington Post. August 2, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Le Udienze". 16 January 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ ""Ken Hackett, Notre Dame Laetare medalist, nominated U.S. ambassador to the Holy See"". Notre Dame News. June 20, 2013. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Miguel Díaz
United States Ambassador to the Holy See
Succeeded by
Callista Gingrich