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Sixty years a man of the cloth: Father Andy Kenny

Fr Andy Kenny & Canon Edward Stewart

Earlier this year, Father Andy Kenny marked 60 years of ordination with a celebration at St Joseph’s Home, Coleshill. Virtually every year for those 60 years, Fr Andy has met up with Tom Mallon and Canon Edward Stewart, who studied with him at Grove Park Junior Seminary in Warwick. Of course, the two were there for this special reunion, along with friends and family from around the Archdiocese – and a beautifully decorated cake!

After studying at Grove Park and Oscott College, Fr Andy was ordained a priest. He celebrated his first Mass at Christ the King in Coventry, his home parish. His first role was at St Chad’s Cathedral, where he served as Secretary to Archbishop Grimshaw. He later moved on to be a Master at Cotton College in Staffordshire before a long spell as Army Chaplain with the Irish Fusiliers.

Upon leaving the Army, Fr Andy became parish priest of first Sacred Heart and St Teresa’s in Coleshill and then St Mary’s in Evesham. His last two postings before retiring in 2010 were as Director of Deacons in Coventry and Chaplain at St Paul’s Convent, Selly Park.

After a long life of dedicated vocation, Fr Andy now lives happily at St Joseph’s Care Home, Coleshill, where he attends Mass daily and continues to make a very positive contribution. “He’s always kind and helpful to others,” says Pam Booton, Manager of St Joseph’s. “He’ll help anyone he can in any way he can. He also loves to chat and reminisce.”

Many congratulations, Fr Andy, on your 60 years of service to the Church and the community.

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