Kenrick, Francis

Kenrick, Francis (Patrick)

(1796–1863) Catholic prelate; born in Dublin, Ireland. After studies in Rome he was ordained (1821) and headed a seminary in Bardstown, Ky., becoming a leading Catholic theologian. As coadjutor bishop of Philadelphia (from 1830) he asserted church power over lay trustees, founded a seminary, for which he wrote theology textbooks, and promoted calm during the 1844 anti-Catholic riots. As archbishop of Baltimore (from 1851) he promoted parochial education and introduced the Forty Hours devotion into the U.S.A.
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