Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

As One Sent. Peter Kenney S.J., 1779-1841. His mIssion in Irelandand North America

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

As One Sent. Peter Kenney S.J., 1779-1841. His mIssion in Irelandand North America

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As One Sent. Peter Kenney S.J., 1779-1841. His Mission in Ireland and North America. By Thomas Morrissey, SJ. (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press; Blackrock, Co. Dublin: Four Courts Press. 1997. Pp. xii, 529. $54.95.)

In his foreword Emmet Larkin welcomes this biography as worthy of the historical importance of its subject as a maker of the modern Irish church. Peter Kenney was a key figure in the early nineteenth-century reorganization of the Society of Jesus in Ireland and the United States. He was an outstanding orator. Archbishop Murray of Dublin declared that the only other orator whom I ever thought of comparing him to was Daniel O'Connell." He moved easily among the movers and shakers of Irish Catholicism. Murray, Archbishop MacHale of Tuam,"J.K.L." (ames Doyle of Kildare and Leighlin), and other bishops were his friends. He was the trusted adviser of Blessed Edmund Rice in the foundation of the Irish Christian Brothers, of Teresa Ball with the Loreto sisters, and of Mary Aikenhead with the Irish Sisters of Charity. He served as superior of the Irish Jesuit mission and later as provincial of the Irish vice-province. He was twice the Jesuit general's official visitor to the missions of Maryland and Missouri and helped put both on a firm footing. …

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