Father Bernard (Bernie) Kenny, a much respected and loved senior priest of the Diocese will be farewelled at Port Macquarie on Friday the 23rd. June The Concelebrated Requiem Mass for the repose of his soul will be concelebrated by Bishop Homeming, priests of the Diocese and visiting clergy at 10am at St. Agnes’ Church, Port Macquarie.
He began his studies for the Priesthood at the junior seminary at Springwood in 1948 sitting for the Leaving Certificate, as it was known in those days. He went on to complete his studies at Springwood, then at St. Patrick’s, Manly.
Father Bernie was ordained on the 22nd July 1956 at the church of St. Agnes Port Macquarie by Bishop Patrick Farrelly, Bishop of the Diocese at that time.
Attending with relatives and friends was the then Premier of New South Wales the Hon. Joe Cahill.
His first appointment was Assistant Priest to Fr. Tom O’Regan at Coraki.
Other appointments followed as Assistant Priest at Casino, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Maclean and Tweed Heads.
As Parish Priest he served in Coraki, Wauchope and Smithtown.
Known as an effective communicator, he was a notable preacher. His ministry to the sick and the aged was well known and appreciated in the parishes in which he served. Those who came to him for assistance knew him for his kindness and generosity.
Over the years, many of his fellow clergy found him to be a sincere friend, honest and supportive. At many clergy meetings, his opinions were well reasoned and expressed with simple clarity.
In his later years, he became involved in Charismatic Renewal, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and once a month all night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He welcomed to Smithtown parish the well known Evangelists Phillip and Margaret Moloney and Matthew Kelly.
For those who knew him well and were encouraged by his ministry, he leaves a reputation of spirituality well accorded.
May he rest in peace.