Peter Kenney

Life
1779-[1841]; b. Dublin, 7 July, son of coachmaker; ed. Stonyhurst and Palermo; purchased Clongowes Wood for 16,000 to fnd. a school for education of Catholic gentry, at the reinstitution of the Jesuit Order (1813-14); invited by Viceroy to explain source of money; built Gardiner St. Church (St. Xavier), and devoted himself to preaching and confessions along with his administrative duties; came to be known as ‘the O’Connell of the pulpit’ for his ecclesiastical oratory; later played major role in the reorganization of Jesuits in United States.

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Criticism
Thomas Morrissey , As One Sent: Peter Kenney, S.J., 1779-1841 (Catholic U. of America Press 1997), 562pp.

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Commentary
Peter Costello, Clongowes Wood (Dublin: A & A Farmar 1991), writes that Kenney responded to the no-mincing-words of JKL (Bishop Doyle): ‘I an unused to such language at my table’. Further, he travelled to America on mission after 1830. There is a memoir by R.L. Sheil.

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