Fr. Thomas O'Neill

1933 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Fr. Thomas O'Neill Obituary
Fr. Thomas O'Neill June 8, 1933 - March 22, 2013 Fr. Thomas O'Neill passed away on Friday, March 22, 2013. He was born in Dublin, Ireland on June 8, 1933. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 8, 1962 at Holy Ghost College in Dublin, Ireland. From 1963 to 1970 he was a missionary priest in Nigeria for the Order of the Holy Spirit. Troubling times in Africa suggested that the missionaries leave the area and he came to the Diocese of Fresno in 1970 and became a diocesan priest. He was at Sacred Heart in Fresno for six months and then served Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bakersfield as Associate Pastor from 1971 to 1973. He returned to Sacred Heart, Fresno from 1973 to 1976. From 1976 to 1978 he was pastor at Santa Rosa in Lone Pine. He was at St. Francis Cabrini in Woodlake from 1978 to 1984 and at Holy Family in Visalia from 1984 to 1989. This service also included St. Thomas the Apostle in Goshen and in 1986 San Felipe de Jesus Mission in Visalia began under his leadership. From 1989 to 2004 he was pastor at St. Therese church in Shafter and from 2004 to 2012 he pastored Our Lady of the Snows in Frazier Park where he retired in February 2012. For the last year he resided at Nazareth House in Fresno. He will be greatly missed by his many friends in the numerous parishes he shepherded as well as by his family. He is preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Jane and by his sister Monica; his brother, Denis. Father Tom is survived by his sisters, Nancy and Noreen and her husband Bob; and brother, Brian all of whom live in Ireland. Visitation will be held at the Nazareth House, Fresno, California on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John's Cathedral, Fresno, California on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 10:30 am. Interment will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Nazareth House, 2121 N. First St., Fresno, CA 93703 Condolences may be offered by visiting www.whitehurstsullivan.com www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 31, 2013
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