|Rev Francis Patrick Kenrick|
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|It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Archbishop Kenrick, A Successor Of The Apostles By Raising Him To The Episcopal Order. May He Also Be Associated With Them Forever. We Ask This Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.|
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|May the Divine Mercy bless you.|
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|+ Rest in peace, your Excellency. +|
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|Francis Patrick Kenrick prepared for the priesthood in the College of the Propaganda at Rome in 1815-'21, and in 1821 was selected to direct the newly established theological seminary at Bardstown, Kentucky. During the jubilee of 1826-27, he attended Bishop Flaget in his pastoral visitations, and gave public conferences on religion, which led to the polemic discussions in which he was frequently engaged during the rest of his life. |
In 1829 he attended the Council of Baltimore as theologian to Bishop Flaget, and was appointed assistant secretary. He was nominated coadjutor bishop of Philadelphia in 1830, and was consecrated bishop on 6 June at Bardstown by Bishop Flaget.
The administration of the diocese of Philadelphia required at this time great tact and firmness. The trustees of St. Mary's church, which was the bishop's cathedral, refused to recognize him as pastor, but he interdicted the church, and the trustees finally submitted to his authority. He then made a regulation that all church property in future should be vested in the bishop. The trustees of St. Paul's church, Pittsburg, refused to accept this regulation, but after a bitter contest the bishop had his way.
A large number of congregations in Pennsylvania were without pastors, and to remedy this evil he founded the seminary of St. Charles Borromeo in Philadelphia in 1838. During the cholera epidemic of 1832 he was active in his ministrations to the sick. In 1842 he introduced the Order of St. Augustine into his diocese, and helped them to build the College of St. Thomas at Villanova. During the anti-Catholic riots of 1844 he constantly preached peace and forbearance, and patiently took measures to restore the edifices that had been destroyed. He aided the Jesuits in building St. Joseph's College in 1851, and another college of the same name in Susquehanna county.
On the death of Archbishop Eccleson he was translated to the see of Baltimore in August, 1851, and appointed by the pope apostolic delegate to preside at a national council of all the archbishops and bishops of the United States in Baltimore in May, 1852. Some years afterward he was invested with a "primacy of honor" over the other archbishops.
Coadjutor Bishop of Philadelphia, 1830.
Third Bishop of Philadelphia, 1842-1851.
Sixth Archbishop of Baltimore, 1851-1863.
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