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archbishop emeritus

Thomas Cajetan Kelly, American Archbishop. Ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1958. Recipient Veritas medal St. Catharine College, 1984. Chancellor Bellarmine College; board directors St. Luke Institute; Member Canon Law Society American, National Catholic Education Association (Chairman, Board Of Directors 1991-1994).


Kelly, Thomas Cajetan was born on July 14, 1931 in Rochester, New York, United States. Son of Thomas A. Kelly and Katherine Eleanor (Fisher) Conley.


AB, Providence College, 1953. Licentiate of Sacred Theology, Dominican House of Studies, Washington, 1959. Doctor in Canon Law, University St. Thomas, Rome, 1962.

STD (honorary), Providence College, 1979. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Spalding College, 1983. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Assumption College.

D Human Science (honorary), Caldwell College. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Albertus Magnus College. Department of Science and Technology (honorary), Dominican School Phil.

& Theological, Berkeley. Doctor of Theology (honorary), Aquinas Institute Theological, St. Louis.


Ordained priest Order of Friars Preachers, 1958. Secretary Dominican Province, New York City, 1962—1965. Secretary Apostolic Delaware, Washington, 1965—1971.

Associate general secretary National Conference Catholic Bishops-United States Catholic Conference, 1971—1977. Ordained bishop, 1977. Auxiliary bishop Archdiocese of Washington, 1977—1982.

General secretary United States Catholic Bishops Conference, Washington, 1977—1982. Archbishop Archdiocese of Louisville, 1982—2007, archbishop emeritus, since 2007. Chairman Catholic Conference Kentucky, Louisville, since 1982.


  • Ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1958.


Chancellor Bellarmine College. Board directors St. Luke Institute. Member of National Catholic Education Association (chairman board directors 1991-1994), Canon Law Society of America.


Thomas A. Kelly Conley

Katherine Eleanor (Fisher) Conley