Born in Miami, AZ, Father Kendall spent his childhood and adolescent years in Phoenix. Upon graduation from the Jesuit High School in Phoenix in 1957, he entered the Society of Jesus at Los Gatos, CA. His course of studies was the usual one for Jesuits. After ordination in 1970 his Superiors sent him to Rome to do graduate studies.
In 1973 Father Kendall completed a licentiate in Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and in 1975 he concluded his Roman years with a doctorate in Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome. His dissertation was entitled 1 Corinthians 3:11-15: An Example of Development of Doctrine. Following his doctorate he taught for four years at Gonzaga University in Spokane. In 1979 he came to the University of San Francisco where he was Professor of Theology and Scripture until he retired in May 2020. Fr. Kendall passed away on May 26, 2020.
Fr. Kendall published articles in journals such as Theological Studies, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, and the Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft. He also coauthored several books including Focus on Jesus (Gracewing), Redemption (Oxford), The Bible for Theology (Paulist), 101 Questions and Answers on Catholic Marriage Preparation (Paulist), and Pope John Paul II: A Reader (Paulist)
- New Testament
- Christian Tradition
- Resurrection and post-resurrection studies
- S.S.L. - Pontifical Biblical Institute
- S.T.D. - Pontifical Gregorian University
- Focus on Jesus(Gracewing)
The Bible for Theology (Paulist)
101 Questions and Answers on Catholic Marriage Preparation (Paulist)
Pope John Paul II: A Reader (Paulist)