Doubly Proud, Kennedy Catholic President Witnesses Consistory


John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers is proud to call both of the U.S. cardinals elevated at the consistory their own.

Along with Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, a Bronx native, was elevated to the College of Cardinals.

Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, Pro-Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, is a 1957 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Katonah

Formerly St. Mary’s High School, located in Katonah, John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers opened its doors in September 1967.

Kennedy’s commons is named in Cardinal O’Brien’s honor.

Father Mark Vaillancourt, president and principal of Kennedy Catholic, was one of the many New York pilgrims to travel to Rome to witness the consistory.

In an e-mail message sent from Rome right after the consistory, Father Vaillancourt wrote, “The spirits of all who traveled with Cardinal Dolan for the event remain high, due in no small part to the joy radiating from the cardinal himself.”

In an earlier statement, Father Vaillancourt said, “The Kennedy Catholic community is exceedingly proud of our alumnus, Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien from the Class of 1957, and deeply blessed to have Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan as our archbishop, (and) this year’s President’s Dinner honoree.”

The school will honor Cardinal Dolan at its President’s Dinner on Thursday, May 24, at Monteverde at Oldstone in Cortlandt Manor. Information: (914) 232-5061.


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