Rev. Brian Kelly Father Brian F. Kelly is a priest of the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Father Kelly graduated from St. Mary’s Assumption School, Pittston, Pennsylvania in 1965.  He attended St. Joseph’s Oblate Seminary and graduated from St. John’s Evangelist High School, Pittston, in 1969.  He furthered his education by attending St. Pius X Seminary, Dalton and is a 1973 graduate of the University of Scranton, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.  Father Kelly attended St. John’s Seminary, School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts where in 1977 he earned a Master of Theology degree in Pastoral Theology.  In 1990, the United States Navy assigned Father Kelly to post-graduate study at the University of San Diego, San Diego, California where he earned a Master of Art degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, 1992.  Father Kelly attended United States International University, San Diego and graduated from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Donaldson, Indiana where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Psychology, 1996. Father Kelly was ordained in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton, PA on May 7, 1977 by the late J. Carroll McCormick, D.D., former Bishop of Scranton.  Father Kelly’s assignments within the Diocese of Scranton included: Chaplain, Mercy Hospital, Scranton; Assistant Pastor, Annunciation Church, Williamsport; and Chaplain, Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport, PA.  Additionally, he was an instructor of religion, moderator of athletics and procurator at Bishop Neumann High School, Williamsport, Pennsylvania for six years. While assigned in the Williamsport area, Father Kelly was the coordinator for the Diocesan Pre-Cana program, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.


ather Kelly was commissioned a Lieutenant, United States Navy Chaplain Corps on August 3, 1984 and reported in October to the Chaplain’s School, Newport, Road Island.  Father Kelly has had the following Navy/Marine Corps assignments: United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina; USS MIDWAY (CV41) home ported Yokosuka, Japan; Marine First Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, California; Marine Air Ground Task Force, Honduras; United States Naval Station, North Island, California; First Battalion Sixth Marines, Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Twenty-Second Marine Expeditionary Unit, Mediterranean Theater; Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California; Command Chaplain, USS CARL VINSON (CVN70) home ported Bremerton, Washington;  COMMMANDERTHIRDFLEET, Fleet Chaplain, embarked aboard USS CORONADO (AGF 11) home ported in San Diego; Chaplain,  Navy Region South and Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas; and Command Chaplain, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, San Diego where he retired from active duty on July 31, 2008.  Father Kelly resides in San Diego County with the permission of the Bishop of Scranton. Chaplain Kelly was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander on September 1, 1991; to the rank of Commander on July 1, 1997 and to the rank of Captain on May 1, 2003.  Captain Kelly’s personal service decorations and awards include: Legion of Merit, gold star in lieu of second award; Meritorious Service Medal, two gold stars in lieu of third award; Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two gold stars in lieu of third award; Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, gold star in lieu of second award;  National Defense Medal, gold star in lieu of second award;  NATO Medal and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Father Kelly served as the Catholic chaplain for the Army and Navy Academy, Carlsbad, California from September 2008 to June 2012.  He provided Mass and developed the religious education and spiritual direction program for the Catholic cadets at the academy.  Since September 2001, Father Kelly has served as supply priest to St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Carlsbad, California.


ather Kelly served as chaplain and faculty member at Cathedral Catholic High School, San Diego, California from August 2008 to June 2015.  The subjects that he has taught were: Sacred Scripture, Sacraments, Christian Morality and Church History.   He created three support groups to address the numerous emotional and behavioral issues which students face in today’s contemporary society.  Sturdy Wings is a support group for students who are experiencing emotional stress due to the serious illness or death of a family member or friend.  Families In Transition is a support group for students who are experiencing emotional stress due to the separation or divorce of their parents.  Deployed Warrior is a support group that reaches out to students who are from military families addressing the difficult issues of having a parent away from home on deployment. Father Kelly is President/Spiritual Moderator of Outreach For Nazareth Orphanage, Tecate, Mexico.  This is a non-profit organization which supports the religious sisters who care for upward of forty-five boys.  He has been leading groups of volunteers to Nazareth Orphanage four times per academic year since September 1996.  St. Elizabeth Seton became actively involved as the lead volunteer group in September 2008.  For more information on this Christian volunteer opportunity, go to Father Kelly is a 4th Degree Member of the President John F. Kennedy Assembly, Knights of Columbus, Pittston, PA.  He is also a Commander in the Knights of the Holy Specular, Mid-Atlantic Region, Washington, D.C. Father Kelly has supplied ministerial services to St. Elizabeth Seton since October 2001. Father Kelly is the son of Rose M. Kelly and the late Joseph P. Kelly, Jr.  He has five sisters, three brothers, twenty-five nieces and nephews and thirty-three great-nieces and nephews.

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