Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, Bishop emeritus of Dallas, United States of America, was born on September 2nd, 1947, in Dublin, Ireland. After completing primary and secondary school, he attended the University of Salamanca in Spain and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He holds a licentiate in philosophy and theology from the University of St. Thomas in Rome. He later completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Notre Dame, United States of America. He entered the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1966 and was ordained a priest on December 24th, 1978.
After ordination he served as chaplain at the University of Monterrey in Mexico, professor of economic studies, and general director with responsibility for seminars and schools of the Legionaries of Christ in Italy, Spain and Ireland. Since 1983, he exercised his pastoral ministry in the parish of St. Bartholomew in Bethesda, in Washington.
In 1984 he was incardinated in the archdiocese of Washington, where he held the following positions: assistant pastor in the parish of St. Thomas the Apostle (1984-1985); director of the Spanish Catholic Center (1986); acting executive director of the Catholic Charitable Organizations (1987-1988); secretary for financial affairs (1989-2001); and pastor of the Annunciation parish (2000-2002).
He was appointed titular bishop of Rusuccuru and auxiliary of Washington on December 28th, 2001, and received episcopal consecration on February 11th, 2002. Since 2001 he has held the office of vicar general for administration and moderator of the Curia. On March 6th 2007 he was appointed as bishop of Dallas.
On August 15th, 2016, Pope Francis called him to serve in the Roman Curia, as prefect of the new Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 19 November 2016, diaconate of San Giuliano Martire.
- Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See; Pontifical Commission for the Vatican City State.