Kelly, Mr. Brian
Brian Kelly has been the editor-in-chief of From the Housetops magazine and Saint Benedict Center’s monthly Mancipia newsletter since January 2006. He writes the “Kelly Forum” for the latter monogram. Brian was born in 1952 in West Orange, New Jersey. He received his primary education there from the Sisters of Charity at Our Lady of Lourdes school. He graduated in 1970 from the Irish Christian Brother’s Essex Catholic High School in Newark. He spent one year at Kilgore Jr. College in Texas, transferring to Saddleback Jr. College in Mission Viejo, California, in 1972. Prompted by his valiant mother’s insistence, he first visited Saint Benedict Center in Still River, Massachusetts, in the summer of 1973, where he met Father Feeney and the philosopher who was to be his mentor ever since, Brother Francis Maluf, M.I.C.M. Brian spent that two-semester year in Rome studying philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Angelicum.
With years of experience in teaching catechetics, including a full course on the Gospels of St. Mark and St. Matthew given to interested adults, Mr. Kelly has been a student/teacher of the Faith for most of his adult life. Having studied theology, New Testament Greek and Latin, and philosophy under the tutelage of Brother Francis, Brian was able to edit many books, including: Father Feeney and the Truth About Salvation by Brother Robert Mary, M.I.C.M., Tert., Brother Francis’ two philosophy books, Introduction to Philosophy (for which he also compiled the Glossary) and Cosmology. He has also edited Brother’s Logic, which has not yet been published. These latter projects were performed around the time that he was editor-in-chief of Loreto Publications (1999-2005). Over the years, Mr. Kelly has spoken many times at the Saint Joseph Forum in Indiana and at two of the Saint Benedict Center Conferences. He has also contributed and will be contributing articles for From the Housetops. Brian died November 9, 2022.
In your charity, please pray for the repose of Brian’s soul, and for the consolation of his widow, Gwen, and all of his family and many friends who will miss him dearly.