Fr. Dan’s Youth Ministry

October 18, 2008

When Fr. Dan Kennedy first arrived at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Winthrop, he brought a rush of energy that impacted everyone. He especially had an effect on the members of the parish’s growing Youth Ministry.

Fr. Dan moved in just in time for the summer. With plenty of activities planned over those few months, he immediately asked where he was needed and how he could help. Our biggest Youth Ministry activity in the summer of 2007 was Gospel Road, a week long service retreat for high school students in the Archdiocese of Boston. When the week was over he left the young people with the perfect image of the Priesthood. Read the rest of this entry »


Running the Boston Marathon

October 15, 2008

In April 2006, the Pilot interviewed Fr. Dan about his experiences running in the Boston Marathon:

What does running the Boston Marathon and discerning one’s vocation have in common?

Quite a lot, according to Daniel Kennedy — a seminarian at St. John’s Seminary in his third year of theology.

“Running a marathon is a journey that parallels, in many ways, discovering a vocation to the priesthood,” he declared.

On Patriot’s Day, Kennedy will be among the 20,000 runners who will test their resolve as they participate in the 110th Boston Marathon…

“Whether it’s running the course from Hopkinton to Boston, or it’s thinking about becoming a priest at age 7 or 8 and finally realizing it on ordination day, there are many curves, bumps, hills and heartbreaks along the way,” Kennedy said.

Read the full article at: Boston Pilot: Seminarian’s marathon run to raise vocation awareness

Fr. Dan’s reflections as a newly ordained priest

September 19, 2008

Back in July 2007, Father Dan wrote on Cardinal Sean’s blog to share some reflections on his ordination and calling to the priesthood:

As I reflect upon my first six weeks as a priest, there are a full range of notions and emotions which come to mind. Each day seems to be a new adventure. Both the ordinary and the extraordinary have taken on a new meaning as I adjust to the new configuration of my identity.


The Ordination and Mass of thanksgiving over Memorial Day weekend were milestones in my life, unlike any other. The sight of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross teeming with people who truly love the priesthood should be in every vocations video.

You can read Father Dan’s full reflection (and see more photos) at Cardinal Sean’s Blog: The reflections of a newly ordained priest.

A Seminarian’s Story

August 17, 2008

One of Danny’s first field assignments as a new seminarian was to the Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton.

Evidently hospitals have a listing of religious affiliations of the patients and Catholic chaplains visit those patients on the list. One of the patients listed as a Catholic had a note written next to his name stating that he did not want to see any Catholic, priest or otherwise.

When Danny saw the notation on the listing prohibiting clergy from his room,  contrary to the instructions, he immediately went to visit the man. As anticipated he was promptly told by the patient to leave the room as he wanted nothing to do with Catholics. Danny was however able to establish a brief conversation about hospital food, etc and just when he thought he was making headway the man launched a vituperative volley of insults concluding with the remark that, “He particularly did not want to see a priest like Danny in his room and get out of here”. Read the rest of this entry »