Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Obituaries: John J. O'Brien, C.P. (1941-2010)

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Obituaries: John J. O'Brien, C.P. (1941-2010)

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John J. O'Brien, a Passionist priest, died at the University of Connecticut Medical Center on October 15, 2010, after a brief illness. He was sixty-nine years old. Eldest son of the late John O'Brien and Kathleen Castiner O'Brien, Father O'Brien graduated from Cathedral High School in Brooklyn, NY, in 1959. After earning an associate's degree at Cathedral College, he entered the Passionist community in 1961. After earning a master's degree from St. Michael's Seminary in Union City, NJ, he professed vows as a Passionist in 1962 and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Edgerton Clark in 1969. In 1977, Father O'Brien earned a second master's degree in liturgical studies from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN.

Father O'Brien engaged in retreat ministry at the Passionist retreat centers in North Palm Beach, FL, and West Hartford, CT, from 1970 to 1978. After serving as a member of the itinerant preaching band, he was named pastor of St. Gabriel's Parish in Brighton, MA, in 1980. He served as formation director for Passionist students at the prenovitiate and theologate levels from 1983 to 1990. For most of the past twenty years, Father O'Brien ministered in Massachusetts at Calvary Passionist Retreat Center in Shrewsbury, St. Malachy's Parish in Burlington, Sacred Heart Parish in Lexington, and at Anna Maria College in Worcester and Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston as a professor of theology. …

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