Author: Bishop Michael Kennedy

“Go out and teach”

Bishop Michael Kennedy’s address after his episcopal ordination and installation My soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” With these words of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I give all praise and thanksgiving to God today. May God be praised for his gift to me of family life founded on the sacramental marriage of my mother and father. May the Church continue to safeguard and promote the right of every person to begin their life in this way. May God be praised for calling me to be a ‘fisher of men’, participating in the ministerial...

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Celebrating the Year for Priests

You have no doubt heard about the upcoming “Year for Priests” announced by the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI which will run from 19 June 2009 to 19 June 2010, marking the 150th anniversary of the death of the saintly Curé d’Ars, Jean Marie Vianney, whom the Pope described as “a true example of a pastor at the service of Christ’s flock.” We must not lose sight of the reason why Benedict XVI has announced a “Year for Priests.” He said it is in order to favour the tendency of priests towards spiritual perfection, upon which the effectiveness of...

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The future of the ACCC

Do you remember the children’s story about the hen who asked the other farm animals to help her bake a cake? They all said they would love to help, but unfortunately were too busy, thus leaving the hen to bake the cake on her own. Of course, once the cake was ready everybody wanted a piece! Many ACCC members find the Annual Conferences most enjoyable and the pages of our journal The Priest thoroughly informative. But how many members assist (actually or financially) in their preparation? I appeal to all ACCC mem- bers and lay associates to do whatever...

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On Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth

As I write these words I have just returned to the parish, having made my annual retreat with a group of about twenty priests. There were the usual elements in any clergy retreat: Holy Mass; Liturgy of the Hours; Eucharistic adoration; devotions; spiritual meditations; quiet reflection; fraternity; and time for personal reading. Like me, I think most priests usually bring along on retreat that good book that they have been meaning to read, but waiting for the right opportunity. And so there is normally a great variety of books being left on side tables at a clergy retreat. But...

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