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Rev. John V. Kennedy

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Kennedy, Rev. John V. PHILADELPHIA Rev. John V. Kennedy, C.M. died on December 26, 2011, at St. Vincent's Seminary in Philadelphia after suffering a stroke. He was 91 years old. Born on June 1, 1920 to Michael and Nellie (Hughes) Kennedy, Father John grew up in North Albany in Sacred Heart parish and was a 1937 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy. He worked for several years before entering the Vincentian Seminary in Princeton, N.Y., and was ordained a priest in 1949. Father John's first and longest assignment was in Panama, where he ministered to and served the people for 32 years. He had a great love for the Panamanian people and maintained close friendships with many of them until his death. After returning from Panama in 1981, Father John moved around the US in a ministry to Hispanic immigrants including farm workers. As a Vincentian, he traveled to Rome, Italy several times to be a translator at the General Assembly of Vincentian priests from around the world. In the 1990's Father John became an advocate and supporter of a women's religious community, the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Go Vap in Viet Nam, and helped them raise funds for their charitable work. He traveled to the sisters' communities in Vietnam and in the U.S. several times to support their ministries and to give retreats. Father John retired to St. Vincent's Seminary in 2008, where he continued to serve part-time at the National Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. Father Kennedy is survived by his brother, Rev. Michael Kennedy, C.M.; brother-in-law Edwin C. Frieberg; nieces, Mary Ellen Frieberg (Michael King) and Ann Mahoney (John); nephews, Edwin M. Frieberg and Thomas Frieberg (Suzie); 11 great nieces and nephews; several cousins; his Vincentian confreres; and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his sister, Margaret Ann Frieberg; his brother, Thomas (Bro. Michael FSC) Kennedy; and his nephew, John Frieberg. He will be greatly missed and remembered for the love he showed to one and all, his faith in God and devotion to the poor, and how he shared his joy of life and sense of humor. A funeral Mass was held in Philadelphia on December 29 and Father John was buried at St. Joseph's Seminary, Princeton, N.J. Memorial donations may be made to the Congregation of the Mission, 500 E. Chelten Ave., Philadelphia.
Published in Albany Times Union on Jan. 5, 2012
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