"This parish was organized before World War I," Father McKenna
Father McKenna, who recently came within 19 votes of being elected president of the OBA, has been chairman of the organization's housing committee which has waged a long-term fight against slumlordism and panic-peddling.
Housed in the church building is the so-called base station of "Soul Patrol.
Operating under OBA
auspices, Soul Patrol is a two-way radio network which enables neighborhood residents to get in touch quickly with police when they become aware that a crime has occurred or is about to occur.
Unlike some social activists, the priests at St. Aquinas take seriously the liturgical and theological traditions of the church.
As a matter of fact, their catholicity is so broad that they are willing to concede there is a place in the life of a reform-minded parish for some of the non-elitist customs of conventional Catholicism -- bingo, for example, and a "giant five-car raffle" and a fashion show.
"We have a retired priest who comes here, an old monsignor," Father McKenna
Father Edward McKenna
, a recent master's degree graduate of the University of Chicago
in music composition, has composed the music especially in honor of this festival.
Father Lawrence Fitzgerald is said to be the best administrator the parish has ever had, according to Father Edward McKenna, the present administrator.
We had hoped that Fr. Edward McKenna
, mentioned in this article, would be able to join us at our September 30, 2012 reunion, but he
already had vacation plans and is unable to change them.
has composed the music especially in honor of the festival, his
work dedicated to Cardinal Wright, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy.
Fr. Edward McKenna
Sends Best Wishes
We received a note from Fr. Edward McKenna, Associate Pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas (1965-1974) -- the last three years as Administrator ...