Charles G. McKenna, O.S.A.

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1865 – 1935 (November 18)

Charles Gregory McKenna was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to James McKenna and Hanna Gallagher, on January 31, 1865, and was baptized at Saint James Church, West Philadelphia on February 5 of that year. The family later moved to Saint Denis Parish, Havertown, Pa, where Charles was confirmed on July 2, 1876, by Bishop Thomas Galberry, O.S.A. He entered the novitiate at Villanova, Pennsylvania in May, 1890, and professed simple vows on May 4, 1891. He was solemnly professed on May 4, 1894, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 8, 1895 in the Philadelphia Cathedral by Archbishop Ryan.

Father McKenna served at Saint Mary’s in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and later in New York State at Waterford, Mechanicville and Carthage.

Father McKenna died on November 18, 1935 at Saint Paul’s, Mechanicville, New York, at the age of 70. He is buried at Villanova in the Community Cemetery.