Fr. Keith Fennessy – Pastor, St. Margaret Mary Parish
Fifth generation New Yorker, Father Fennessy grew up in Manhattan. He graduated from Immaculate Conception School, LaSalle Academy, and Iona College.
From an early age, Father Fennessy was involved in civic and church affairs. Among his community involvements, he was elected a member of the Community School Board 2.
Father Fennessy received a Masters of Divinity from St. Joseph’s Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood on December 1, 1984. He has served in the parishes of St. Gabriel’s in the Bronx, Sacred Heart in Suffern, and St. Columbanus in Cortland Manor. He returned to Manhattan to serve as Chaplain at Mount Sinai Hospital and Director of Mission Development and Pastoral Services at the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center. Father Fennessy was named pastor of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in lower Manhattan where he did much to revive interest in this historic church. He also served on Community Board 2.
Father Fennessy came to Staten Island to assist Msgr. James Dorney at St. Peter’s Church and, subsequently, he administered at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel/St. Benedicta. Since 2006 he has been the pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Midland Beach.