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Kennedy, Pacificus


Biographical Note

Pacificus Kennedy, OFM, was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1904. He attended college at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Maryland; Columbia University in New York City; and St. Francis College in Brooklyn where he studied theology. He entered the priesthood shortly after graduation in 1930, and was thereafter commonly known as "Father Pax."

Kennedy served in parishes in New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Colorado, Maryland, Illinois, and Massachusetts for over fifty years. He was a teacher, a retreat master, a parochial vicar, and a hospital chaplain. He was known for his enthusiasm for ministry and dedication to the intellectual life.

Kennedy was both a writer and a literary enthusiast. His own writing included publications in America and Friar Lines.

He died on September 21, 1995 in Dorchester, Massachusetts at the age of 90.


Obituary. Boston Herald, September 23, 1995.

"Pacificus Kennedy, OFM," Franciscan Friars: Holy Name Province,

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Pacificus Kennedy, OFM papers


Papers of twentieth-century Franciscan friar and scholar Pacificus Kennedy, OFM, primarily concerning his research interests in communist Russia and Catholicism. The collection includes correspondence, research materials, and writings.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1917-1987; Majority of material found within 1975-1985