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Dom James Kelly O.S.B.
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Birth: Aug. 20, 1931
Death: Apr. 16, 2006

Born Clement Kelly, in Dansville, New York, on August 20, 1931, to Clement and Caroline Kelly, he was baptized in St. Patrick's Church, Dansville.

Entering Mount Saviour Monastery on October 7, 1951, he was clothed as Postulant, receiving James on the following November 1. Sent to St. Benoit-du-Lac in Canada, which at the time benevolently trained the Novices of the recently founded Mount Saviour, he began his Novitiate on July 22, 1952.

Br. James pronounced his Simple Vows on July 25, 1953. Sent to study Philosophy at Conception Abbey, MO. in September of that year and to S. Anselmo in Rome the following October, he was ordained Subdeacon at Assisi in 1956, and a Deacon at the Abbey of Subiaco in June of the following year. Together with others from Mount Saviour studying at S. Anselmo he spent the summer of 1955, at the Abbey of Maria Laach in the Rhineland, the summer of 1956, at the Abbey of Engelberg in Switzerland, and the summer of 1957, at the Abbey of Solesmes, France. On July 11, his Solemn Profession was received on behalf of Mount Saviour by Dom Ildefonso Rea, Abbot of Monte Cassino in the newly restored Basilica of that Abbey.

Ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop James Kearney at Mount Saviour on July 25, 1958, he returned to Rome to complete his studies just prior to the election of Bl. John XXIII, he received his STL., from S.Anselmo in June, 1959. In December 1962, he was sent to aid the community of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem, beginning studies at the Ecole Biblique in October of 1963, remaining in Jerusalem until June 1967. During these years he learned to converse in both Hebrew and Arabic and traveled on education trips to Egypt, Iraq and Iran, several visits to Lebanon and Syria. On one of his visits to Turkey in 1967, he was received and entertained by both the Orthodox Armenian Patriarch Schnoik and by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras, who introduced him to other Greek Prelates as "Fr. James, my spiritual grandson." That same year, 1967, he received his SSL., from the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Professor of Scripture at St. Bernard's Seminary, Rochester NY., from 1968 till 1970, he began research as Visiting Fellow at Princeton Seminary in 1970 for his STD., with specialization in Scripture received from the Antonianum in Rome, after further studies at the Franciscan Biblical Institute in Jerusalem. He was Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University in 1977 - 78, and served as Campus Minister to Hobart College from 1979 until 1981, to Cornell University from 1981 till 1983, as well as at St. Leo College between 1983 until 1986. He subsequently served as Civilian Chaplain to the U.S. Army in Nuremberg, Germany, from 1987 til 1990, and to the U.S. Dept. of Defense at Bad Aibling, near Munich, from 1990 till 1994. Since then he remained at Mount Saviour, occasionally giving Scripture workshops both at Mount Saviour and in parish communities, in addition to serving as Mount Saviour's outreach to the poor in the form of preaching once per month on behalf of Food for the Poor.

Father James died in his sleep before the Easter Vigil on April 16, 2006, aged 74. 
 
Burial:
Mount Saviour Abbey
Elmira
Chemung County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Feb 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65888477
Dom James Kelly O.S.B.
Added by: Eman Bonnici
 
Dom James Kelly O.S.B.
Added by: Fred Purdue
 
 
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Rest In Eternal Peace, Most Beloved Father James!
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Feb. 20, 2011
 
 
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