From The Boston Pilot: “Cardinal appoints 19th rector of St. John’s Seminary”
Father Kennedy was ordained for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1966 and served at parishes in Methuen and East Boston for eight years. With the permission of Cardinal Humberto S. Medeiros, he accepted a position as a member of the theology faculty at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. in 1974. He later served as a faculty member in the newly established Catholic Studies program and was director of St. Paul Seminary’s Master of Arts in theology program. Recently he has served as chair of the theology department at St. Thomas and executive director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
Father Farren also spoke highly of Father Kennedy.
“Father Kennedy brings recognized accomplishment with him,” he said. “His years of distinguished teaching in seminaries, administration, his professional contacts on a national, even an international level—all of these qualify him as a man of broad vision and deep communion with the Catholic Church.”