Pope Francis has appointed Dublin priest Rev. John Joseph Kennedy, currently Head of Office in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as Secretary of the Disciplinary Section.

Monsignor Kennedy was born in Dublin on 15 July 1968. He was ordained a priest on 13 July 1993 for the Archdiocese of Dublin.

He obtained a Licentiate and a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Among the positions held in Ireland he was Vice-Parish Priest of St. Agnes Church, then of St. Nicholas of Myra in Dublin.

From 2003 to 2017 he was an Official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and, since 2017, he has been Head of the Disciplinary Section in the same Dicastery.