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Archives Fr. Richard Kennedy, MSC celebrates 50th anniversary

Oct. 4, 2017

By Deacon Kevin Mastellon
Staff Writer

Watertown – Missionary of the Sacred Heart Father Richard Kennedy shared several memories during his homilyFr. Richard Kennedy at his anniversary Mass at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Watertown Sept. 24. 

Most memorable was his joy of two assignments to Sacred Heart as parochial vicar then pastor, a total of 22 years. 

He does not currently work in the Diocese of Ogdensburg but his love for the parish he led for so many years drew him to celebrate his anniversary here.

In between his assignments to Watertown Father Kennedy took a study sabbatical, was assigned missionary work in Padua, New Guinea and served as a high school principal in Ohio.

All that was faith filled, he said, but it was clear as he reminisced of his 50 years of priesthood that his love was parish presence.

Father Kennedy was ordained Sept. 30, 1967 and is currently director of a retirement home for retired MSC priests and brothers in Pennsylvania, but said that he longs to be back in a parish.

“Nothing is as fulfilling as being a parish priest,” he said. “The families and individuals I have met in my priesthood; the people I have been privileged to know and minster to have helped me grow as a person; as a priest."

Then recognizing his true leader, Father  Kennedy thanked God and said "where he leads me, I am prepared to go."

The priest intimated that he might eventually be back in the area to lead the parishes at the western end of the Jefferson Deanery (the Roman Catholic Community of Cape Vincent,  Rosiere and Chaumont,).  He has offered to succeed Father Pierre Aubin when Father Aubin, also a Missionary of the Sacred Heart, chooses to retire.

Missionary of the Sacred Heart Jonas Tandayu, the current pastor of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, concelebrated the anniversary  Mass and Deacon John Trombly assisted. 

A reception for Father Kennedy followed the Mass.

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