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Robert Francis Hennessey

Robert Francis Hennessey

Catholic bishop
Robert Francis Hennessey
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Intro Catholic bishop
Is Priest
From United States of America
Type Religion
Gender male
Birth 20 April 1952, South Boston, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Age 68 years
Star sign Taurus
Peoplepill ID robert-francis-hennessey
Robert Francis Hennessey
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Robert Francis Hennessey (born April 20, 1952) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He currently serves as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston.


Robert Hennessey was born in South Boston, Massachusetts, to John and Eileen (née Cahill) Hennessey. The second of five children, he has two brothers, John and Daniel, and two sisters, Deborah and Barbara. Studying at St. John's Seminary, Hennessey was ordained to the diaconate in 1977 and to the priesthood by Humberto Cardinal Medeiros on May 20, 1978.

He then did pastoral work in Hanson, Plymouth, and Needham before briefly pursuing his graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. Hennessey later traveled to Bolivia, where he performed missionary work for eight years with the Society of St. James the Apostle. Following his return to the United States, he was pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Church in East Boston (1994-2006) and chaplain at Logan International Airport (1995-1998).

Auxiliary Bishop of Boston

On October 12, 2006, Hennessey was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Boston and Titular Bishop of Tigias. He received his episcopal consecration on the following December 12 from Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley, OFM Cap, with Bishops John Boles and Emilio Allué, SDB, serving as co-consecrators

Hennessey also holds the post of Episcopal Vicar for the Central Pastoral Region of the archdiocese. His episcopal motto is "Magnificat Anima Mea Dominum" (Luke 1:46-55), meaning, "My soul doth magnify the Lord."

Episcopal succession

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
Succeeded by
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