Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Alumni Obituaries

Fr. B. Kenneth Harkins, OP

Fr. Ken, 85, passed away near midnight, on the Vigil of the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. He was born on November 12, 1926 in Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland. Fr. Ken was a member of the Leonine Commission and for many years worked on St. Thomas Aquinas' commentary on Book III of Peter Lombard's "Sentences.Fr. Ken entered the Order in the Province of St. Albert the Great in 1960, doing his philosophy and theology in Winona and River Forest. He professed Simple Vows on August 31, 1961 and Solemn Vows in August of 1964. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Lawton at Dubuque, IA on May 30, 1967.He became a member of the Southern Province when it was formed and came to live at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington in 1978 as a member of the Leonine Commission, working on the definitive edition of the works of St. Thomas Aquinas.He became a U.S. citizen in 1983 and transfiliated to the Province of St. Joseph in 1990. Up until his sickness, he remained very active as the Guest Master at the House of Studies and the GÇ£unofficial Director of Security.GÇ¥His parents, Bernard Harkins and Annie Binnie preceded him in death. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. A. Loney of Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland.He was buried in the Dominican plot at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Washington, DC, which sits on top of a hill overlooking the Capitol Building.Information received obtained online at www.op-stjoseph.org"