Brian David Kenney, a Pequot Lakes High School graduate, is among five men to be ordained Holy Cross Congregation priests Saturday, April 27, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.
The Most Reverend William A. Wack, bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The ordination Mass will stream live on the internet at ordination-live.holycrossvocations.org.
Kennedy, the son of David and Christine Kennedy, of Pequot Lakes, entered formation with the congregation in 2008 as an Old Collegian and professed First Vows in August 2013.
He served his diaconate year at St. John Vianney Parish Catholic Church and School, Goodyear, Arizona.
Before his ordination as a transitional deacon, Kennedy served as a religious education catechist, Holy Cross Parish, South Bend, Indiana (postulant year); volunteer, Penrose-St. Francis Hospital, Sacred Heart Parish, Colorado (novitiate year); church social action associate, Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame (first year professed); marriage preparation at St. Pius X Parish, Granger, Indiana (second year of temporary vows); Catholic Peace Fellowship (third year of temporary vows); St. Ignatius Martyr Parish and School, Austin, Texas (fourth year of temporary vows); RCIA, University of Notre Dame Campus Ministry (fifth year of temporary vows).
Kennedy also served each summer from 2012-17 in the following ministries: André House, Phoenix, Arizona (2012); My Brother's Keeper, South Easton, Massachusetts (2013); Holy Redeemer Parish, Portland, Oregon (2014); Parroquia Nuestra Madre Santísima de La Luz, Guadalupe, Nueva Leon, México (2015); Saint George's College, Santiago, Chile (2016); and The Farm at Stonehill College, Easton, Massachusetts (2017).
He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and theology at the University of Notre Dame in 2012, and earned his Master of Divinity from the same in 2018.
"As I have moved from being educated in the seminary to educating others - first in my pastoral year at St. Ignatius Martyr parish and school and now as a deacon and a teacher at St. John Vianney parish and school - I have noticed a strong correlation between being 'educators in the faith' and 'men with hope to bring,'" Kennedy said in a news release. "If we are to not educate the mind at the expense of the heart, then it seems to me that we must bring something more than professional skills or expertise. Our mission demands a disciple's hope, forged in the struggle of faithfully carrying the Cross."
Kennedy's first Mass as a priest will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame, Indiana.
On Aug. 25, Kennedy and the other deacons professed perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and committed themselves to the common life and apostolic work of the Congregation of Holy Cross.