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Pacificus Kennedy, OFM papers

Collection MS-2006-001: Pacificus Kennedy, OFM papers


  • Creation: 1917-1987
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1975-1985

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the material dates from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, and reflect Kennedy's interests in communist Russia, the Catholic Church in Russia, Lenin, and Catholicism. The collection contains articles, drafts, notes, and correspondence.


Language of Materials

English, Italian, German, and French.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

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,


0.5 Linear Feet (1 container)


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.


The collection is divided into three series: I. Correspondence, II. Research material, and III. Writings.

Series I. is subdivided into two subseries: A. Incoming, and B. Outgoing.


Gift of Larry Wolff (2006).

Pacificus Kennedy, OFM Papers
1917-1987 (bulk 1975-1985)
Ann Collins, 2008; and Rachael Young
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States