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About Fr Kevin McKenzie LC

Fr Kevin McKenzie LC comes from Saint Louis, Missouri from a family of nine. He spent the last five years studying Philosophy and Theology in Rome. Ordained a priest in December, he now helps as chaplain at a small Catholic school in Cincinnati, and on the weekends directs retreats for boys in southeastern Indiana.

3 Hidden Treasures

Sometimes the greatest treasures are hidden in plain sight. Take Brother Thomas. A few days ago I had bought a mini poinsettia for the statue of Mary in our chapel. After a few days, it started to wilt. Now I … Continue reading

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Blessed José Takes Final Steps to Sainthood

Who says a fourteen-year-old can’t be a great saint? Not our Holy Father. This Sunday, Pope Francis will canonize – officially declare a “saint” – one very special fourteen-year-old, José Sánchez del Río. José is patron of both boys’ and … Continue reading

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Padre Pio does it again

Not again! Why was someone knocking at my door? Another broken light switch, no doubt. I ignored the knocking and continued my studying. I was nearing the end of my time in Rome. Electrical work always came easy to me, … Continue reading

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princesses and thunderstorms

“Are you sure?” I asked. “It’s raining cats and dogs out there!” “Father, we have to do this, the girls have been preparing all day for it.” It was the last day of the Cinderella-themed Girls Summer Camp I was … Continue reading

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a view from the asphalt

Last Saturday I officiated at my second wedding, and it was beautiful. Well, except for the fact that the wedding was at 6pm, and the priest showed up at exactly 6pm. And the rest of the story is… I was trying … Continue reading

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my brother’s blades

Dear Family and Friends, It took me nineteen years to find someone who loves ice skating more than I do. And of all people, it’s someone who will never wear ice skates. Let me back up a little. I’m the … Continue reading

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5 more reasons I love being a priest

I still love being a priest, here are five more reasons why: Birthday celebrity status – I must have received a world-record number of birthday cards from the kids last birthday. Took me literally hours to just read them all! Mass … Continue reading

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a new saint

I received an early birthday present: Pope Francis has approved the canonization of Blessed José Sánchez del Río, a 14 year-old Mexican martyr. Soon we can call him “Saint José”. Now I’ve written one book in my life, “Blessed José”, … Continue reading

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Bless-the-Baby-Jesus

Yesterday was our Bless-the-Baby-Jesus mass for the preschool. At the end of mass, all the children came up to the front of the Church and got ready to bless their baby Jesus figurines individually. It was then that we heard … Continue reading

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roots

A couple days ago I visited my great Aunt, my grandmother’s sister. My grandmother passed away years ago, and I loved her dearly, so it was quite a treat for me to be able to see her little sister. For a … Continue reading

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