The Rev. Thomas F. McKenna, C.M., former provincial superior of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission, has been named as assistant to the president for mission development at Niagara University. In this position, Father McKenna will assist with the university's efforts to better understand and fulfill its mission as a Catholic and Vincentian institution.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the vice chairman of Niagara's board of trustees from 1999 to 2008. Ordained in 1970, he received a master of arts degree in philosophy from St. John's University in 1973 and earned a doctorate in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America in 1982. For 10 years, Father McKenna taught spirituality as a member of the department of theology at St. John's. He has also taught at Tangaza College in Nairobi, Kenya.
Father McKenna is the author of several articles that have been published in theological journals and has written one book, titled "Praying with Vincent de Paul," a series of meditations on Vincent's spirituality.
In 2002, Niagara honored Father McKenna for his service to the Vincentian Community by awarding him the honorary degree of Doctor of Pedagogy.