Kevin A. Keenan, seen here with Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, will continue to work with the diocese as a spokesman and advisor. Photo by Patrick McPartland
Diocesan Director of Communications Kevin A. Keenan announced Tuesday he will leave his position at the end of the year to help form a private firm, but he will continue to serve as a diocesan spokesman and advisor.
The new firm, Keenan Communications Group, will offer social media, public relations, crisis communication and grassroots advocacy services for clients, which will include the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Keenan will partner with Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Associates to launch the firm.
Keenan has served as director of Communications, which includes leading the Western New York Catholic, Daybreak TV Productions, radio and public relations divisions, since 2000.
“For the past 11 years, it has been my privilege to serve Bishop (Edward U.) Kmiec; his predecessor, Archbishop Henry J. Mansell; our auxiliary bishop, Bishop Edward M. Grosz; our beloved auxiliary bishop emeritus, Bishop Bernard J. McLaughlin; Bishop Robert Cunningham, bishop of Syracuse and former diocesan administrator; as well as the priests, deacons, women and men religious, and the laity of our diocese,” Keenan said. “I have also had the good fortune to be surrounded by a wonderful team of professionals in Communications, Daybreak TV Productions, radio and the Western New York Catholic. On a daily basis, they do an incredible job of telling the story of how the Diocese of Buffalo lives.”
Prior to his trip to Rome, Bishop Kmiec accepted Keenan’s resignation.
“Kevin has been a tremendous asset to the diocese since his arrival in 2000,” the bishop said. “He has played a key role in helping to craft and successfully communicate our message. I am pleased that he will continue in that role.”
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