Bishop Arthur L. Kennedy Pilot file photo/George Martell
BRAINTREE -- Bishop Arthur L. Kennedy has been named Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Boston, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley announced Jan. 18.
Bishop Kennedy, who currently serves as rector of St. John's Seminary, will assume his new position July 1.
The same day, the cardinal named Worcester priest and seminary professor Msgr. James P. Moroney to succeed Bishop Kennedy as rector of St. John's.
"Bishop Kennedy and Msgr. Moroney have been effective and committed leaders in the Church. We are blessed by their willingness to assume these new roles in their priestly ministry and for their dedication to helping the Church build a faith community of love and compassion for all of God's people," Cardinal O'Malley said.
In his new capacity, Bishop Kennedy will develop, oversee and promote programs for awakening and strengthening the Catholic Faith in the Archdiocese of Boston, including the Theological Initiative for the New Evangelization. Such promotion of the New Evangelization is, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI "necessary for the Church: it cannot be overlooked; it is an expression of her very nature." (Apostolic Letter Ubicumque et Semper)