This is a photograph of Fr. Kennelly sitting in a chair outdoors, surrounded by his "flock" of orphans and four Maryknoll Sisters who are standing in the back row. Born in New York, Fr. Kennelly came to Maryknoll in 1916 and was hoping to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, a Jesuit, who served many years in Shanghai. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1926 and left for Kongmoon, China, the same year. He began work in the Loting Orphanage and in 1936 considered it a great honor to bring the body of Maryknoll co-founder Rev. Thomas F. Price back to Maryknoll. He returned to Kongmoon in 1937 as Society Superior of that mission and held the role until 1948. The Loting Mission was often bombed or attacked by bandits. His work ended in 1951 in Kongmoon when he was arrested, interrogated and expelled to Hong Kong. In 1951 he started another 25 year career missioned in Hawaii.
Photographic prints, 11.2 x 6.7 cm.
impa-m4403 [Legacy record ID] IMP-MKL-China-007-12-0006 http://doi.org/10.25549/impa-m4403 http://thumbnails.digitallibrary.usc.edu/IMP-MKL-China-007-12-0006.jpg
Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America Clergy Abandoned children Group portraits