Reverend Monsignor John Anthony Kenneally
1945 - 2021
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Reverend Monsignor John Anthony Kenneally
St. Simons Island, Georgia
After over 51 years of priestly service, the Reverend Monsignor John Anthony Kenneally, a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah, passed away at his home on St. Simons Island on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
Msgr. Kenneally was born to the late Timothy and Teresa Kenneally on May 6, 1945, and baptized on May 8, 1945 in County Cork, Ireland.
He is predeceased by his parents and his brother Noel, and survived by his sister, Mary, and brother, Ted. He will be sadly missed by his sister and brother; nieces and nephew; Bishop Stephen D. Parkes; Bishop Emeritus J. Kevin Boland; brother priests in the Diocese of Savannah; parishioners and former parishioners; relatives and many friends.
Kenneally was educated at Little Island National School and Saint Finbarr's College in Cork City, Ireland. He earned a B.A. from University College, Dublin in 1965, with a concentration in philosophy and logic. From 1962–1969, he attended All Hallows Seminary in Dublin and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Savannah on June 15, 1969 by the Most Reverend Joseph A. Carroll, Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin.
His first assignment in the Diocese was as Parochial Vicar at St. Mary's on the Hill Church, Augusta in September of 1969, then as Vice-Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Savannah. He taught religion at St. Vincent's Academy, Savannah from 1972–1973 while also serving as Parochial Vicar at St. James the Less Church, Savannah. He was appointed Pastor of Holy Spirit Church, Macon in 1978, eventually returning to St. James in 1986 where he served as Pastor for 15 years. In August of 2001 he was appointed Pastor of St. William Church, St. Simons Island, where he retired in July of 2020.
He was appointed a "Prelate of Honor" by Pope Benedict XVI and installed as a Monsignor on June 29, 2008 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Savannah.
He faithfully served in a number of capacities throughout the Diocese of Savannah, including Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, Chancellor, Vicar for Personnel, and Vicar Forane of the Savannah Deanery. He also held positions on the College of Consultors, Council of Priests, Priests' Personnel Committee, and the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission.
A Vigil Service will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Savannah. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM, also at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Savannah.
On Saturday, April 10, 2021, a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM at St. William Catholic Church, St. Simons Island. Msgr. Kenneally will be interred in the columbarium at St. William.
Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Savannah Morning News
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Published in Savannah Morning News from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2021.
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April 6, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. As parishioners at St. James we had the pleasure of having Father Keneally as our Pastor. We were new to the parish and we all got the opportunity to grow with this church parish.
Janell and Alan Weber and Family
April 6, 2021
Monsignor Kenneally was one of the first persons my sons and I met when we arrived on St. Simons Island after my husband was transferred to FLETC. What made us especially welcome was that he already knew who we were and that he knew each of our names. My husband had come a few months ahead of us and he had told him we were coming later. He had the most uncanny gift of meeting you once and never forgetting your name and those of your husband, children, even grandchildren! The Holy Spirit blessed him with this amazing gift and therefore those of us who were blessed to know him.
Our sons served as Altars Servers at St. William Church for all of their middle and high school years. They were even called upon when they came home from college. Monsignor told them he could always call on them and they will always have fond memories of those days.
We thank God for his years of "good and faithful" service for our church, our family, our community.
We thank God for having been blessed to know him. May the Angels guide him to the Heavenly kingdom and he rest in peace with perpetual light shinning brightly on him.
Tom and Norma McIntyre
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