Fr. Kenneth M Bolin
Father Kenneth M. Bolin was born in Princeton, Illinois, in July 1974. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Arabic and French from the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, a Master of Theology from Dallas
Theological Seminary in Dallas, TX, and a Master of Arts in Moral Theology and Ethics from the Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC.
In June 1996, he graduated from the US Military Academy and received an appointment as a Regular Army Officer in
the Infantry Branch of the United States Army. After serving on active duty for seven years in the Infantry and Signal
Corps branches, he resigned his commission to pursue full-time vocational ministry. He was subsequently
commissioned as a United States Army Chaplain in June 2006, retiring from active-duty military service in October
Prior to his call to ministry, Fr. Bolin served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), deploying to Egypt on a
peacekeeping mission in 1999, and was a company commander with the 54th Signal Battalion in Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia, deploying forward to Afghanistan and Uzbekistan for Operation Enduring Freedom (2002-2003)
As a chaplain, Father Bolin deployed to both Iraq (2006-2007) and Afghanistan (2011-2012 and 2017-2018). He
served as an intelligence battalion chaplain, an Airborne Brigade Combat Team chaplain, as a military ethics
instructor, and as the pastor of Most Holy Trinity, West Point, NY, the only canonical parish in the Archdiocese for th Military Services.
Father Bolin is a graduate of numerous military staff schools. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star,
the Meritorious Service Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the
Combat Action Badge, and German Parachutist Badge (Bronze).
Father Bolin grew up Lutheran (ELCA), became a non-denominational evangelical protestant during his initial time in the Army, later serving as a protestant chaplain during the first half of his military chaplaincy, most of that as an
Anglican priest. In 2012, he was received into the Catholic Church, and ordained to the priesthood in March, 2013.
Father Bolin is married to Sharon, who is herself retired from the US Army Reserve, having served as a Military
Intelligence officer. They have three children and one grandchild to be born in 2020.