DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The man who will offer the invocation for Friday's 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination has a special connection to the former president.
Bishop Kevin Farrell was a teenager when he met President Kennedy in Dublin, Ireland in '63. The leader of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Bishop Farrell felt a kinship with the young president.
"He was one of our own, as we said in Ireland," said Farrell.
President Kennedy was visiting his ancestral home as America's first Catholic president. He left quite an impression on many who met him...
"Here's this Irish Catholic kid immigrant, and now he's President of the free world," described Farrell. "And he just inspires us all to do something better with the world and change things.
Farrell credits Kennedy for inspiring him to lead a life serving others. And when Kennedy's life was taken in such a brutal, violent way, Farrell was shocked.
"I remember the sense of shock. my mother telling me, they've shot the President. It was such uncertainty -- odd to describe; a sense of loss of hope."
Farrell said he believes the Kennedy legacy of hope and optimism enhanced his view of American life.
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