Monsignor Thomas Kenny was a presence at one of Buckhead’s largest houses of worship, the Cathedral of Christ the King on Peachtree Road at East Wesley.

The monsignor, 69, died in his sleep Oct. 30 at his rectory. He was not known to be ill.

Born Sept. 22, 1939, in County Sligo, Ireland, Kelly came to Atlanta in 1965 as a newly ordained priest. He began his tenure in the spiritual life of Atlanta’s Roman Catholics at the cathedral, where he served as assistant pastor from 1965 to 1967.

Kenny held a number of positions —assistant pastor at the Church of the Holy Cross, assistant rector at Christ the King and pastor at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Stone Mountain — before returning to the cathedral in 1990. He served as rector until his death.

The cathedral has 20,667 members.

A memorial fund has been established at the cathedral in the monsignor’s name, and the money will be used to support his favorite causes, such as the poor, seminarians and retired priests.

Kenny is survived by his sister, Nora Wright of Corballa, Ireland, and brothers Patrick Kenny of Dublin, Ireland, and Joe Kenny of Easkey, Ireland.

—John Schaffner