Most Rev. Francis Patrick Kenrick

Sixth Archbishop of Baltimore

Francis Patrick Kenrick was born in Dublin, Ireland, on December 3, 1797, to Thomas and Jane (Eustace) Kenrick. He was educated at the Urban College of the Propaganda Fide in Rome and ordained a priest on April 7, 1821. He volunteered to serve in the Diocese of Bardstown, Kentucky, in response to an appeal from Bp. Benedict Flaget, S.S., for professors to staff his new seminary and college, St. Joseph’s, in Bardstown. For the first five years, Kenrick taught Greek and history at the college and all of the theology courses at the seminary. His duties expanded when Bp. Flaget requested that he travel around the diocese to conduct missions and present public lectures on the Catholic Church. He soon earned a reputation as an eloquent preacher and an effective apologist. He later served as the bishop’s secretary and served as his theologian at the First Provincial Council of Baltimore in 1829.

Kenrick was a recognized theologian, scripture scholar, and apologist who authored numerous works. His writings include a defense of the Real Presence in Letters of Omega and Omicron (1828) and The Primacy of the Apostolic See and the Authority of General Councils Vindicated (1837), Theologia Dogmatica (1839), and The Historical Books of the Old Testament (1860). His most important work, however, was his English translation of the New Testament, with annotation, published in six volumes between 1849 and