Father Kenneth Naudin, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1903-1959)

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Born Edward Naudin on August 1, 1903 in West Hoboken, New Jersey, he was the son of Julius Naudin and Georgianna Hass. He attended St. Michael Grammar School in West Hoboken before he entered the Passionist Preparatory College in Baltimore, Maryland in 1917. He entered Holy Cross Seminary, Dunkirk when it opened and in 1921 went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to begin his novitiate. He was professed on August 15, 1922. His religious name was Kenneth. He was ordained on May 25, 1929 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Newark, New Jersey by Bishop Thomas J. Walsh. After ordination he was professor of classics at Holy Cross, Dunkirk for two years. He then served in Pittsburgh; West Springfield, Massachusetts; Jamaica, New York; and Union City, New Jersey. He was stationed in the last location for the final six years of his life. Throughout his years as a priest he had delicate health but at the same time had a great deal of energy. He was a preacher of retreats and novenas. He drowned while swimming off Staten Island, New York. His obituary states that he was the first religious to be buried with no preached eulogy at the funeral Mass in accordance with the decree of the 33rd Provincial Chapter.