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Only in Print: The Life and Times of Bishop-Elect Sweeny

Father Kevin Sweeney is ordained a priest at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Brooklyn, by Bishop Thomas V. Daily.

JANUARY 17, 1970

Kevin Sweeney is born to James and Agnes Sweeney in Elmhurst, Queens.


He begins attending St. Luke’s Elementary School, Whitestone. It is here in the seventh grade, he begins thinking about the priesthood for the first time.


Kevin begins studying at Cathedral Prep Seminary, Elmhurst. He says he decided to go there because of the possibility of becoming a priest, and because the school had a baseball team and “it was not that difficult to make the team”…

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