Mass for the golden jubilee of Monsignor Peter Kenny
ADDRESS GIVEN BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART AT THE GOLDEN JUBILEE MASS OF MONSIGNOR PETER KENNY AT SAINT MONICA’S CHURCH, MOONEE PONDS, ON SUNDAY, 16TH DECEMBER 2012 AT 2.30 P.M.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We have gathered to join our friend Monsignor Peter Kenny in wordless thanksgiving to the great God for the gift of fifty years of priesthood. We know him to be an intelligent, capable and gracious pastor; one who has been known and loved in this parish and beyond for a very long time.
Many of you will know that before entering Werribee he had a Degree of Bachelor of Science and after a short time at Werribee was appointed to go to Propaganda College, Rome, where he was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Agagianian on 22nd December 1962. He completed his studies for a Doctorate in Theology by June 1965, having also been Head Prefect of Propaganda College from October 1963 to June 1964.
Upon return to Melbourne he worked in Collingwood and Yarraville, was part of the teaching staff of Corpus Christi College and Catholic Theological College for over twenty years, was a Defender of the Bond in the Regional Tribunal for a similar period, and was Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenical and Inter-faith Relations from October 1989 to February 2010.
He is in his twentieth year at Moonee Ponds; first as Dean and then as Parish Priest, and was named by the Holy Father as a Prelate of Honour in May 2006, after he had taken on the additional burden as Administrator of West Essendon.
People have marvelled at his small size and his large energy, his capacity for friendship, for obliging, hard and competent work, his ability to relate to people and provide for their needs are matters that I do not need to elaborate further.
Peter, you are an ornament to the priesthood, a gifted priest who has given so much of your priestly life to the care of people in difficulties with marriage, to the fostering of the vocation in young men to the priesthood and to the care of the people of Moonee Ponds and many other migrants.
On behalf of the Archdiocese I thank you for your signal achievements, your constant and devotion and your huge service to us all. May God bless you always, as we join you in thanking God for all that he has given.
+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.