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Death of Armidale's Bishop Kennedy

Retired Bishop Henry Joseph Kennedy of the NSW regional Diocese of Armidale died in the early hours of yesterday morning at the age of 88.

Bishop Kennedy was Bishop of Armidale from December 1971 to July 1991. Since his retirement, he had lived at Nazareth House, Tamworth.

He was born in Balmain, Sydney, and educated at local Christian Brothers schools before studying at Springwood and Manly seminaries, and ordination in 1938. He travelled on the ferry which transported the Host across the Harbour during the 1938 Eucharistic Congress.

Bishop Kennedy's first appointment as an assistant priest was in the archdiocese of Hobart where he spent almost two years.

In 1948 he was appointed as private secretary to Cardinal Gilroy, and eventually became vice-chancellor of the archdiocese of Sydney. He was consecrated in 1967 as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. As Bishop of Armidale from 1971, he was remembered building four new churches and renovating existing churches to meet the requirements of post-Vatican II liturgy.

Current Bishop of Armidale Luc Matthys said Bishop Kennedy would always be remembered as a loveable man and for the mark he left on the diocese.

His funeral will be takek place in Armidale next Wednesday.

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4 Sep 2003