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Reverend Edward Kennedy CSsR



Father Edward Francis Kennedy died peacefully after a battle with pneumonia on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Father Edward was born on March 24, 1925 in The Pas Manitoba, one of four children of near-north pioneers, logger Daniel Edward Kennedy and Mabel (Mary Isabel) MacDonald.

Inspired by his uncle Kenneth, a member of the Redemptorist order of Catholic priests, Edward also joined the Redemptorists at a young age, taking his first vows on August 15, 1944. He did his seminary studies in Woodstock, Ontario and was ordained a priest there on June 29, 1949.

He obtained his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and his teaching certificate from the University of Toronto where he also did his postgraduate studies in English.

In the summer of 1953 he was appointed to the staff of St. Mary`s, the Redemptorist College in Brockville, Ontario and taught English there for ten years. His love of language, literature, art and teaching were lifelong traits, as friends and family making vocabulary or pronunciation foibles in his presence were quick to learn.

Fr. Edward was sent to Edmonton as associate Pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish in 1963. For fourteen years he served as the Director of the Catholic Information Centre of the Archdiocese of Edmonton. Fr. Edward also served six years as an elected alderman for the City of Edmonton, as part of the urban reform movement URGE.

In 1980 he became Pastor of St. Joseph`s Parish in Grande Prairie, Alberta, until he was elected the Provincial of the Edmonton Province of the Redemptorists for three consecutive terms from 1984 to 1993.

For the next twelve years, Fr. Edward tended the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Vancouver as its Pastor, until his retirement in 2005 at age 80. He continued to be active in community life upon his return to Edmonton with organizations such as the Social Planning Council.

A very energetic man with a keen intellect, a wry and constant sense of humour and boundless appreciation for people, Fr. Edward would have counted his foremost accomplishment the many individuals, couples and families he helped and influenced. His was also a founding member of the Western Conference of Priests, of the Ecumenical Commission of the Edmonton Archdiocese and was the first priest to serve as chair of the Edmonton and District Council of Churches.

Fr. Edward is survived by his sister, Janet and brother, John “Jack” of Winnipeg; nieces Joan and Maureen of Winnipeg and Susan of Calgary and nephews, Edward of Winnipeg, Gerard of Toronto and Donald of Kelowna. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Kenneth and sister-in-law, Caroline. He will be dearly remembered and sorely missed by his confreres, family, friends and former parishioners alike.

Vigil prayers will take place on Sunday evening, January 25th at 7pm and the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 pm, Monday, January 26th both at St. Alphonsus Parish 11828 - 85th Street in Edmonton. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 14611 Mark Messier Trail, Edmonton.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Edmonton’s Food Bank.

In Loving Memory of
Reverend Edward Kennedy CSsR
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Prayer Service:
Sunday, January 25, 2015
7:00 PM
St. Alphonsus
11828 - 85 Street
Edmonton, AB
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Funeral Service:
Mass of Christian Burial
Monday, January 26, 2015
1:00 PM
St. Alphonsus
11828 - 85 Street
Edmonton, AB
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Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum
14611 Mark Messier Trail
Edmonton, AB
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