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  • In Recognition of Monsignor Joseph P. Kelly Being Named Man of the Year By the Greater Wilkes-Barre Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

    by Representative Matt Cartwright

    Posted on 2013-03-15

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    CARTWRIGHT of pennsylvania in the house of representatives Friday, March 15, 2013 Mr. CARTWRIGHT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Monsignor Joseph P. Kelly, who will be named Man of the Year by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Friendly Sons of St. Patrick this evening on the occasion of that organization's 68th St. Patrick's Day annual banquet.

    Monsignor Joseph Kelly was born on October 5, 1940 in Hawley, Pennsylvania. He graduated high school from Scranton Preparatory and then continued his religious education at Christ the King Seminary at Saint Bonaventure University in New York.

    Monsignor Kelly's work with students began early in his career when he taught 12th grade religion part-time at Scranton Prep while, at the same time, overseeing several parishes, including Saint Catherine's in Moscow and Holy Rosary in Scranton.

    In 1971, Monsignor Kelly decided to take his talents halfway across the country to Omaha, Nebraska. He worked there as Director of Father Flanagan's Boys Town, now called Father Flanagan's Boy's and Girl's Town. This small ``city'' of a complex was--and still is--regarded as one of the Nation's premiere youth care agencies.

    Back in northeastern Pennsylvania, Monsignor Kelly served as pastor of Saint Ann in Tobyhanna, Holy Rosary in Wilkes-Barre, and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Nativity of our Lord, both in Scranton. He has been a procurator and professor at Saint Pius X seminary, a Diocesan Director for Catholic Men, Women and Youth, and the Executive Director of Saint Michael's School for Boys.

    Along with his continuing official assignments from the church, Monsignor Kelly serves today as Director of Camp Saint Andrew and is the founder of Project Hope at the camp. He is also the Executive Director of both the Saint Francis of Assisi kitchen in Scranton and the Saint Vincent De Paul kitchen in Wilkes-Barre. He resides at All Saints Parish Rectory in Plymouth, where he shares his well-earned wisdom at weekly masses. Monsignor Kelly's undying work and sincere dedication to others make him more than worthy of being named Man of the Year by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

    I extend my thanks to Monsignor Joseph P. Kelly for his life-long, selfless commitment to our community, and I offer my good wishes and heartfelt congratulations to him on this momentous occasion.


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