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St. Ann to install pastor, dedicate parish center

August 28, 2006

The Rev. C. Douglas Kenney will be formally installed as the eighth pastor of St. Ann Parish on Sunday, Sept. 3, during the 11 a.m. Mass.

The installation will be followed by the dedication of the Monsignor Edward Manalis Parish Center and the blessing of the church's new pipe organ and choir loft.

Cardinal William Keeler, archbishop of Baltimore, will celebrate the Mass accompanied by the Rev. W. Francis Malooly, western vicar of the Baltimore archdiocese.

The dedication and blessing mark the realization of plans begun in the parish under the direction of Manalis to provide accessible administrative office and ministry space.

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The two-story center houses the parish offices, library, and kitchen, meeting and gathering rooms. An elevator provides ease of access to all levels of the new and the existing structures.

Manalis was St. Ann's fifth pastor and served the parish until his death in 2001.

Kenney was ordained to the priesthood following 21 years in the United States Navy and six years of study at Mount St. Mary's Seminary and College.

In 1972, Kenney enlisted as a seaman apprentice and moved up through the ranks to retire from the Navy as a lieutenant in 1993. He received degrees from Mount St. Mary's Seminary and College prior to his ordination by Keeler on June 5, 1999.

A native of Frostburg, Md., Kenney comes to St. Ann from a previous assignment as pastor of two Western Maryland parishes, St. Patrick, Mount Savage, Md. and St. Ann, Grantsville, Md. He is an active member of numerous civic organizations, chaplain for the Navy League, Baltimore Council, and a member of the rector's council of Mount St. Mary's Seminary.

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