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Fr Patrick Kenny (1906-1984)

Fr Patrick Kenny died peacefully at St Benet’s Sunderland on Thursday, February 23rd, aged 77.

Fr Kenny was born in Willington Quay, Wallsend in 1906. After grammar school, he entered the Redemptorists and was professed in 1925 and ordained five years later at Hawkstone Hall, Shropshire on September 8th 1930. He studied for two years in Rome, where he obtained a degree in theology.

It was in Hawkstone, teaching dogmatic theology, that Fr Kenny spent the best part of his life – thirty years in all. The majority of the Redemptorist priests in this country (as of 1984) were his students.

After leaving teaching and Hawkstone, Fr Kenny went to Wales to work on the Travelling Mission for two years, before going to St Benet’s Sunderland in 1972 to work on the parish. He stayed there for the rest of his life except for two years in Bishop’s Stortford (’76 – ’78).

In 1980, he celebrated his golden jubilee of priesthood.

Fr Kenny was buried on February 28th after a splendid concelebrated Mass in St Benet’s at which  Bishop Owen Swindlehurst was the principal celebrant and Fr Frank Dickinson preached. The interment was at Mere Knoll’s cemetery, Sunderland

May he rest in peace


(Obituary based on that published in CSsR News)