Father John L. O’Connor, who served as pastor of Brighton’s Our Lady of Lourdes parish for 26 years and was a priest of the Diocese of Rochester for almost 60 years, died August 18, 2022, due at complications of a recent to fall in his residence. He has been 85 years Old.
Father O’Connor grew up in Greece Our mother of sorrows Parish. He attended Nazareth Hall, then St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s Seminaries, all in Rochester. He was ordained on June 1, 1963 by Bishop James E. Kearney at Sacred Heart CathedralI.
Father O’Connor served as assistant pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Elmira Heights (1963-1965), Saint Michel in Newark (1965-70), Saint Pius Tenth in Chile (1970-75) and Holy Trinity in Webster (1975-80). His only pastorate was at Our Lady of Lourdes, where he served for more than a quarter of a century before attaining senior status in 2006. Later he regularly attended Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic community while residing in Keuka Park.
In addition to being a parish priest, Father O’Connor was a U.S. Army Reserve chaplain from 1965 to 1990 and a retired lieutenant colonel. He also organized clergy conferences on behalf of the Diocese of Rochester for over a decade.
Dad richard Brickmaker, a Senior diocesan priest, said he knew Dad O’Connor of their childhood days at Our Mother of sorrows and this their friendship grown up more the years.
“He has been still a very good student and a very good speaker. He had a good Talent for preaching homilies and then ahead, “ Dad Brickmaker said, to add this Dad O’Connor had a regularly friendly behaviour and too carried out many calm acts of generosity.
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