Saying Goodbye: Farewell Mass for Bishop Kevin Farrell as He Leaves to Head Diocese of Dallas

April 17, 2007

A Farewell Mass for Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, a Washington-area bishop named by Pope Benedict XVI to head the Diocese of Dallas, will be held:

Sunday, April 22, 2007
11:30 a.m.
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl will preside; Bishop Farrell will give the homily.

Bishop Farrell will be installed as Bishop of Dallas on May 1. That diocese is one of the largest in the United States, with one million Catholic residents.

He has served the Archdiocese of Washington since 1983. Born in 1947 in Dublin, Ireland, he studied in Spain and Italy before being ordained a priest in 1978. Bishop Farrell’s first assignment, for the Legionnaires of Christ, was as chaplain for the University of Monterrey in Mexico. In Washington, he served as associate pastor at St. Peter, Olney; St. Bartholomew, Bethesda; and St. Thomas the Apostle, Washington, DC before being named director of the Archdiocese’s Spanish Catholic Center from1986-1989. He also served as assistant executive director and interim director of Catholic Charities in the late 1980s. From 1989-2001, he was Secretary of Finance for the Archdiocese of Washington and from 2001 to March 2007, vicar general and moderator of the curia. He also was pastor of the Church of the Annunciation in Northwest Washington from 2000-2002. Bishop Farrell was ordained an auxiliary bishop of Washington on February 11, 2002.

Fluent in Italian and Spanish, Bishop Farrell serves on the board of directors of CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network) and is a member of several committees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, including Consecrated Life, Migration and Hispanic Affairs.

The Diocese of Dallas has 203 priests and 74 parishes. The website is

Susan Gibbs
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