Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S.

Born: Lima, Ohio – family lived in Wapakoneta. Fifth grade we moved to Greenville, Ohio.

Joined the Missionaries:
Brunnerdale High School Seminary: 1969-73
Professed: 1979
Ordained: 1982

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?  My uncle was a Missionary of the Precious Blood (John Byrne) and C.PP.S. staffed Wapakoneta, Ohio.

What is your current assignment
Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) and Kolbe House, Archdiocese of Chicago Jail Ministry.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?  
Working with systems (Courts, schools, etc ) that see punishment as the only response to conflict. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment
Being a part of the lives of the youth and families who are incarcerated and those coming home and are now a part of PBMR.

What did you do before joining the Missionaries
I was a kid….been with C.PP.S. since 14.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time
Running, biking.

Aside from St. Gaspar, who are some of your favorite Saints?
Maximilian Kolbe

What is your favorite prayer?

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

What is your favorite:
Book: The Sunflower, by Simon Wiesenthal; Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
Food: Fish tacos
Movie: Shawshank Redemption
Holiday: Thanksgiving
TV Show: Elementary

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Snorkeling. I ain’t jumping out of a perfectly good plane. 

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