Kenneth Dorr, OFM
1922 – 1984
Fr. Kenneth was born in Haverhill, Mass., on March 28, 1922. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., and entered the Province’s novitiate in 1942 at St. Bonaventure Frairy in Paterson, N.J.
He professed his temporary vows in 1943 and made his profession of solemn vows in 1946. In 1948, Fr. Kenneth was ordained a priest.
Fr. Kenneth’s first assignment was to Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in Buffalo, N.Y., where he taught history for nine years. In 1958, he was chosen to be the first principal and superior of the newly established Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean, N.Y. In 1964, Kenneth went to Loudonville, N.Y., as a member of the history faculty at Siena College. He then took an assignment as chaplain to the Franciscan Sisters in Hawaii and as a teacher at St. Francis High School in Honolulu.
After three years in Hawaii, Fr. Kenneth moved to Rye Beach, N.H., where he served as a moderator for Secular Franciscans and cared for senior citizen groups. In 1980, he was asked to serve as the administrator of the provincial infirmary at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y. For four years, Fr. Kenneth cared compassionately for the sick friars in the infirmary.
Fr. Kenneth was a sensitive and compassionate friar who spent many hours consoling the sick friars in the infirmary. He died Aug. 29, 1984, at St. Francis Hospital in Olean. He was 62 years old, a professed friar for 41 years and a priest for 36 years.