Fr. O.F.m. Kenan Osborne
1930 - 2019
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Father Kenan Bernard Osborne, O.F.M. passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara on April 19th, 2019, Good Friday. Born on May 29, 1930 to Frederick Earl and Ida Lerg, he was raised in Santa Barbara, attending school at Notre Dame School and St. Anthony's Seminary. He is preceded in death by his parents and three siblings, Frederick Earl, Jr., Lawrence Gerard and Rosalie Bernard Francis. He is survived by his sister- in-law Francis Lynette Osborne and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Kenan was invested in the Franciscan Order in 1947 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1955 at Old Mission Santa Barbara. His entire ministry was devoted to higher theological education and writing. After earning his doctorate degree in 1967 from Ludwig-Maximmillans Universitat, Munich, Germany, he served the Franciscan School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA for over forty years. He was a most popular professor, dean and president. He was also an intellectual leader in the world-wide Franciscan Order. He is the author, or co-author of more than twenty books and countless scholarly articles. Throughout his career he was a highly sought-after speaker and lecturer on current theological and pastoral issues in the Vatical II renewal tradition. Ever a life-long learner, in his later years he engaged in Asian theological studies and perspectives with great enthusiasm. He was a frequent visiting professor to China and other Asian nations over the past twenty years. Fr. Kenan's vision of a global and enculturated Catholic Church experience continues through the generations of students he has inspired.The Franciscan friars, family and friends extend our deep appreciation to all those who extended kindness and compassion in the care of Fr. Kenan in his final months: the staffs of Mission Terrace Care Center, Samarkand Care Center, One Heart Care Services and Hospice/Visiting Nurses.A vigil prayer service will be held on Friday, April 26th 7:30 p.m., at the Serra Chapel of the Old Mission. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Saturday, April 27th at 10:00 a.m. in the Mission Church. Fr. Kenan will be interred with his friar brothers in the Mission mausoleum. Donations in memory of Fr. Kenan may be made to the Kenan Osborne Endowed Chair of Franciscan Theology at the Franciscan School of Theology, Old Mission San Luis Rey, 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA, 92057.

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Published in Santa Barbara News-Press from Apr. 25 to Apr. 29, 2019.
Prayer Service
07:30 PM
Serra Chapel of the Old Mission
10:00 AM
Mission Church
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June 26, 2019
As I was about to begin reading, for the second time, a wonderful book on the Eucharist by Kenan, I just thought I'd check to see where he might be.( I knew him in Ca) To my surprise...he has gone to God! Kenan, you were a gift and blessing to so many. Thank you! Pray for us! Patricia
Patricia Riley CSC
May 29, 2019
Thanks be to God for such a fine man of God !!!All of the Sisters here in St. Catherine's benefited greatly from his love and wisdom!
Margaret csc
May 2, 2019
À saint of ❤
Jay Crawford
April 30, 2019
My condolences to the family and friends. He was a much loved man. As a spiritual person he would most likely want you to take solace in the words from Matthew 11:28-30
April 27, 2019
Fr. Ken was a wonderful teacher. I really appreciated his sense of humor.
Thank you Kenan for all your ministry.
Sr. Mary Lou Carlson, OSF
April 27, 2019
Brilliant, kind, funny, gentle, approachable --- a wonderful example for me!
Michael Miller
April 26, 2019
I did not know him well, but I knew him enough to know that he was a bright spot lighting the room and enriching lives wherever he went. He will be missed, but his spirit lives on.
Monique Nobilette
April 25, 2019
He was such unique and special person. His humor compassion empathy was shown to each person who he spoke with. His spirit of calm and kindness surrounded him and all who spoke to him. I loved him dearly
DeeDee Lunney
April 25, 2019
Kenan Osborne inspired me with his smile, his gentle warm personality, and his words. He knew so much about life and people. He knew how to sooth the spirit and create a passion to learn, to love. He will be so missed.
Sarragossa Jeannine
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