Rev. William “Bill” Kenney considered himself to be a servant of God, who focused much of his life to serving people with disabilities through the Catholic Church. Kenney died this summer. He was 93 and lived in St. Paul.
He attended Cretin High School, Nazareth Hall, and later pursued his higher education at St. Paul Seminary where he received Master of Divinity and an MA in history degrees.
In 1956, he was ordained a priest. Throughout his career, Kenney served in several parishes and held various roles. His compassionate nature led him to serve as a chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Faribault State Hospital, Minnesota Braille and Sight Saving School, and Minnesota School for the Deaf in Faribault. In his later years, he dedicated himself to serving as the chaplain for the deaf and people with hearting disabilities in the metro area. He was most proud of this ministry which he did for 50 years.
Kenney is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Services have been held. Memorials’ preferred to the Carmen Pampa Fund or the Good Shepherd Sisters.