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June 9, 2000


Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, is pleased to announce the appointment of Reverend Kevin T. McMahon to the John Cardinal Krol Chair in Moral Theology at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook. This appointment takes effect June 19, 2000.

The John Cardinal Krol Chair in Moral Theology was established and inaugurated in January 1990 and is fully endowed by generous donors in order to promote the teaching of Catholic Moral Theology both in the Seminary and to the larger public in full fidelity to the Church's Magisterium. The holder of the John Cardinal Krol Chair in Moral Theology is a scholar of international repute who has published and will continue to publish extensively on moral theology topics. In his new role, Father McMahon will teach, lecture, author and edit articles and books for publication, and organize and conduct major symposia bringing together national and international scholars in the field. The John Cardinal Krol Chair in Moral Theology is a recognized enhancement of the Seminary's already prestigious programs of intellectual formation and is a continuing resource to the faculty of the Pontifical Theological Institute, recently established to confer Pontifical Degrees.

Father McMahon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 25, 1949, a son of Stephen J. and Nancy (Woods) McMahon. He received his early education at Saint Rose of Lima Elementary School and Saint Thomas More High School, Philadelphia. He began studies for the priesthood at Saint Mary's College, Saint Mary, Kentucky and completed his theological training for the priesthood at the North American College, Rome. In Rome he studied at the Gregorian University and at the Accademia Alfonsiana. In 1987, he earned a Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Wilmington by Pope Paul VI on June 29, 1975 at the Basilica of Saint Peter, Rome. He was first assigned as associate pastor at Saint Mary Magdalen Church, Sharpley, Wilmington, Delaware. In 1977, he was transferred as associate pastor to Saints Peter and Paul Church, Easton, Maryland. In 1982, he become associate pastor at Saint Francis de Sales Church, Salisbury, Maryland.

In 1983, he was appointed a professor of moral theology at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland. In 1988, he was appointed a professor of moral theology at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Philadelphia where, until this appointment, he also served since 1996 as Academic Dean of the Theology Division and since 1999 as Dean of the new Pontifical Theological Institute. Father McMahon has lectured widely on specific topics in Moral Theology. He is the author of Sexuality: Theological Voices and a number of articles in theological journals.

Donna Crilley
Communications Specialist

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