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The Latin phrase Ad Astra Per Aspera (to the stars through adversity) perfectly explains Kenn’s dedication to helping Catholics work though life's struggles and transitions in order to discover God's abiding presence and unfathomable love. Abused as a child, Kenn sank into drug addiction and a life of sin, ultimately facing a life-or-death decision. Following a profound experience of God’s grace, he worked his way out of despondency and discovered the truth that he is deeply loved by our Father in heaven. In 2015, he and his wife Laura answered a call to serve as missionaries on the Ft. Belknap Indian Reservation in north central Montana, where he continues to help others become aware of that same Love in their lives.
Kenn holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. Two years after college, Kenn discerned a call to the priesthood and spent one year at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, CO. After his time at seminary, he completed a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Regis Jesuit University and founded a Catholic psychotherapy practice called St. Raphael Counseling, which he led for seven years. He is currently working on his second master’s degree in theology through the Augustine Institute. He is also in diaconate formation for the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, with an expected ordination in 2018.
Kenn has been speaking publicly since 2006, beginning in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Denver. Later, he was asked to lead retreats and give talks all across the nation. Most notably, he was featured on the EWTN program “The Journey Home” and in the video series “One Billion Stories.” He continues to teach and give witness to groups across the country.
Suggested Presentation Topics:
Becoming a Better Christian: The Psychology of Holiness
When reading the lives of the saints, do you ever think, "There's no way I could do that”? Do you ever wonder what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God? In this presentation, Kenn shows the pyschological link between striving for sainthood and living in the image and likeness of God. We really can become saints!
I Was a Teenage Anarchist: Finding Revolution in Christ
During his adolescence, Kenn found himself in a world of darkness filled with sex, drugs, and extreme leftist ideals, which led him to desperate acts of cutting and attempted suicide. Living in an environment of political resistance and activism, Kenn was told that revolution was the only way to change the world. In the end, he found that the only revolution needed was the radical imitation of Christ.
Perfected in Weakness
St. Paul records Christ’s revelation that His power is perfected in weakness (2 Cor 12: 9-10). Kenn teaches how being more transparent and revealing our weaknesses to family, friends, and faith communities will create deeper, more intimate, and lasting relationships with each other and with God. Discover how our psychology suppports our faith and leads to a richer, fuller life.