Roman Catholic priest."
Rev. Michael Francis Kennelly .
Rev. Michael Francis Kennelly, S.J., aged 96,
departed this life
on January 3, 2011,
in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The son of Timothy Kennelly and Mary Jane Hanrahan Kennelly,
he was born on May 22, 1914 in Kilbaha, in Kerry, Ireland. Coming to the United States in 1929,
he attended Regis High School in New York and the then high-school division of Spring Hill College, graduating in 1933. He joined the Society of Jesus, [the Jesuits] on June 9th of that year, entering the novitiate in Grand Coteau, LA. He continued studies at St. Charles College in Grand Coteau and Spring Hill College. After three years of teaching at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida, he began theology studies for the priesthood, being ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 16, 1946 in St. Mary's College in Kansas. Father Kennelly then began many years of service in administration in the Jesuits' high schools. He was principal in St. John's High School in Shreveport, LA from 1948-53 and then became president of Jesuit High School in Tampa [1953-59], where he supervised the move of the school to its present location. He then founded Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School in Houston, TX, where he served as president until 1970. From 1970-74, he served as president of Loyola University in New Orleans, LA. Later years were devoted to the parish apostolate, especially at Sacred Heart Church in Tampa, where he was associate pastor and then pastor from 1982-1990. After seven additional years of service at Jesuit High School in Tampa as vice-president, he returned to Sacred Heart as pastor emeritus until 2002, when he moved to Ignatius Residence in New Orleans, his place of residence at the time of his death. Father Kennelly is preceded in death by his parents.
and by his sisters Mrs. Breda Clifford,
Miss Katherine Kennelly,
and Mrs. Eilis Kelly,
as well as by his brothers John Kennelly,
Rev. William Kennelly,
and James Kennelly.
He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mary Jane Conlon,
and by a brother, Mr. Timothy Kennelly,
as well as by many nieces and nephews
and by a large number of friends.
Visitation will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Church [6363 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans] on Friday, January 7, from 9:30 A.M. until the funeral Mass at 10:30. Interment will follow at St. Charles College at Grand Coteau, LA. In lieu of flowers and in order to acknowledge his life of ministry and education and to provide for the education of young Jesuits and the care of elder Jesuits, donations are requested to "The Jesuits," 710 Baronne St., Ste B., New Orleans, LA 70113.
Times-Picayune from January 5 to January 6, 2011.
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