Baptismal gown with a long history

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In attendance at Zelie Kennedy's baptism were 10 of the 107 family members to wear the family baptismal gown Zelie is pictured wearing. Photo: Courtesy Theresa Kennedy In attendance at Zelie Kennedy's baptism were 10 of the 107 family members to wear the family baptismal gown Zelie is pictured wearing. Photo: Courtesy Theresa Kennedy

When Zelie Diane Kennedy was baptized at St. John the Baptist Parish in Covington, she wore a long white gown with an even longer history.

Zelie is the 107th child to be baptized in the gown, first worn in Peoria, Illinois, on Dec. 10, 1882. The gown travels the country to each new family member's baptism. A registry of babies, parents and godparents, and a scrapbook goes along with it. Zelie's mother, Theresa, also wore the gown when she was baptized.

Zelie Kennedy baptism

At left: Deacon Jeffrey Moore, who is to be ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Seattle in 2017, baptized Zelie Kennedy on Nov. 20. At right, Erik and Theresa Kennedy with their daughter, Zelie. Photos: Courtesy Theresa Kennedy

The baptism date for the first child to wear the garment has been corrected.