WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Arthur Kennedy, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston. Bishop Kennedy is retiring having reached the retirement age for bishops of 75 on January 9.
The resignation and appointment was publicized in Washington, June 30, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop Kennedy was appointed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on June 30, 2010 and was installed as auxiliary bishop on September 14, 2010. Other posts included Titular Bishop of Timidana. He chose as his episcopal motto: Ut cognoscant te, meaning, “so that they may know you.”
A native of the Archdiocese of Boston, Bishop Kennedy was ordained to the priesthood on December 17, 1966. From 2002-2005, amidst his assignments as university professor at St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Kennedy served as executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Most recently, he also served as Rector of Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, from July 2007 until July 2012.
The Archdiocese of Boston comprises 2,465 square miles. It has a total population of 4,147,275 people of which 1,949,219 or 47 percent, are Catholic. Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, GCIH OFM Cap, is the current Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Boston.