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 »

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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 »