The Kennedys get Jackie’s letters to the Dublin priest
DUBLIN — Letters between former US first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and a Dublin-based priest have been handed over to the Kennedy family.
In a statement issued Sept. 5, the Vincentians said the order wished “to confirm that private letters, written by the late Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy to our deceased confrere, Father Joseph Leonard, have been transfered to the Kennedy family.”
The letters exchanged by Kennedy and Father Leonard were set to be auctioned in Dublin earlier this year to raise funds for struggling All Hallows College. However, the letters were later withdrawn for sale on the insistence of the Vincentian order amid public controversy about the private nature of the correspondence. The college later announced that it would have to close down due to a lack of funds and had hoped the sale of the letters would plug the gap.
The letters had been expected to sell for as much as $1.3 million
One letter, dated January 1964 — just weeks after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated — revealed how the tragedy left Kennedy struggling with her Catholic faith.
“I am so bitter against God,” she wrote, but added, “only he and you and I know that.”