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Father Timothy M. Kenney, SM 50th Jubilee Celebration


The Society of Mary (Marianists) announces the 50th jubilee celebration of profession of Father Timothy M. Kenney, SM.

Father Kenney was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised in Los Angeles where he attended Saint Michael’s elementary school and graduated from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California. He joined the Marianists after high school and professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1971, San Francisco. He attended Chaminade University in Honolulu and earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy/theology in 1974.

In his early years of ministry, Fr. Kenney served as a high school teacher, counselor, campus ministry director and class dean in Honolulu (1974-1977) and another two years in similar roles in West Hills, California. After five years of teaching, in 1979, he began his seminary studies, earning a master of divinity degree in pastoral theology at University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto in 1982. He was ordained in Gardena, California, on June 19, 1982.

Fr. Kenney’s first ministry as a priest was at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in San Antonio, where he served for one year as associate pastor, also providing marriage counseling, hospital visitation, Baptismal preparation and jail chaplaincy services . In 1983, he began serving at Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco where his roles included chaplain, campus ministry director, teacher counselor and advisor/director for clubs and other services. In 1987, Fr. Kenney was appointed principal for academics at the high school, serving as chairperson and coordinator for many administrative needs.

He moved to Cupertino in 1989, where he served in provincial administration for the Pacific Province of the Society of Mary. His roles for the next three years included assistant for religious life, assistant for temporalities, director of formation and serving on the provincial council. In 1992, he returned to San Francisco as principal of Archbishop Riordan High School, where he served until 2001.

Fr. Kenney moved to St. Louis in 2002, where he served as director of education for the U.S. Province until 2007. For the next 11 years, he served as high school chaplain, director of campus ministry and on various co-curricular councils and organizations at a Marianist-sponsored school in St. Louis. In 2018, he returned to provincial administration and began serving as director of religious life for the Marianist Province of the U.S.
Fr. Kenney lives at the Salve Marianist Community where he has served as director since 2018. He plans to celebrate his jubilee in Cupertino on Sat., June 19, and in St. Louis on Sat., Sept. 25.

Father Timothy M. Kenney’s Personal Reflection: “I am honored in these 50 years to have served in four of our schools, one of our parishes and on three different provincial administrations. What a blessing to have been a campus minister for many years and work with young people, and to have had the opportunity to be in internal ministry and travel the world —to over 30 countries! Wow, our world is small and I am blessed. I also have been blessed to have preached many retreats to young and old, which has helped me to grow spiritually as a Son of Mary!”