In December of 1961, Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” was number one on the album charts, President John F. Kennedy approved of the deployment of U.S. military crews and helicopters to Vietnam and young Edward U. Kmiec of Trenton, N.J. was preparing for his ordination to the priesthood.
His priestly journey would include an assignment as assistant pastor at St. Rose Parish in Belmar, N.J., secretary and master of ceremonies to the bishop of Trenton, and vice-chancellor of the Diocese of Trenton.
Following 12 years as bishop of Nashville, Bishop Kmiec has spent the last seven years as bishop of Buffalo.
Dec. 20, 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of Bishop Kmiec’s priestly ordination at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome (above).
“I’ve had 50 years in the priesthood,” Bishop Kmiec said. “I think the past seven, as bishop of Buffalo, have been the best.”