April 20, 1931 - February 20, 2014

Burial Date


KENNEDY-WARLEY, REV. DR. DAVID G., a priest of the Diocese of Burlington, died February 20, in Tucson, Ariz., following a period of declining health. Born in Barre on April 20, 1931, he was the son of William David and Maxine Helen (Emerson) Kennedy, who predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his brother, John Harrison Kennedy. He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Jean A.K. Riddell of Casa Grande, Ariz., and a niece and nephew. He graduated from Spaulding High School in 1949. He earned an A.A., Boston College, Ph.B., University of Montreal, S.T.B., University of Montreal, M.A., St. Michael’s College, Ph.D., McGill University, 1979, and McGill’s candidate to Canada Council, 1978. Ordained to the priesthood, Diocese of Burlington, by Bishop Robert F. Joyce, May 30, 1957, he served in St. Joseph Parish (Burlington), St. Sylvester Parish (Graniteville), St. Andrew Parish (Waterbury), St. John the Evangelist Parish (Northfield) and St. Anthony Parish (Burlington). He was a teacher at Rice Memorial H.S., 1958; professor at St. Michael’s College, 1963-66; professor U. Mtl., 1966-1967; professor, Concordia U. Mtl., 1967-1968; adjunct professor, Christendom College, Va.; Catholic chaplain, Norwich University, 1980-1988. He moved to Arizona in 1992 for reasons of health and served as spiritual director for candidates for the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Tucson. He was deeply attached to his Anglican upbringing and greatly welcomed the formation of the Pastoral Provision by Pope Paul VI for the Anglican Use of the Roman Catholic Church. He was received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church on August 15, 1948, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Stowe. He was known for his passion for teaching and academic excellence. He was a published author of both books and articles. One of his articles, published in The Living Church, was sent to all Roman Catholic bishops in the U.S., prior to Vatican II. He also authored a published article which, according to a member of the International Commission, served as the basis for the Roman Catholic Church’s ARCIC document.

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