The National Catholic Register published an article featuring the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Bishop Kevin Farrell, and his brother Bishop Brian Farrell:
Bishop Kevin Farrell remembers what his Irish mother would do when her four boys got especially rambunctious at home in 1950s Dublin: “She’d bow her head before the Sacred Heart, and say, ‘All for you, O sweet Jesus and holy mother the Church.’”
And by the Church’s measure, Mrs. Farrell’s prayers were fulfilled: Her two oldest sons, Brian and Kevin, were ordained as priests, in 1969 and 1978 respectively.
Today, they are literally brother bishops, serving the Church in very different ways, in different parts of the world: Bishop Brian Farrell, 71, is the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity based in Rome, while Bishop Kevin Farrell, 67, has served as Chief Shepherd of the Diocese of Dallas since 2007.
“I’m younger, but I became bishop first, 12 months earlier,” said Bishop Kevin, grinning at his brother, who was in Washington in December for the Urbi et Orbi Foundation’s annual dinner at the Vatican’s nunciature, adding, “And we still have a little sibling rivalry.