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John O'Connor

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Reverend Monsignor
John Joseph O'Connor

Aug. 8, 1934 - Mar. 15, 2013


Fr. Jack was born in San Francisco on August 8, 1934 to John and Josephine O'Connor (both from Wexford, Ireland). He died on March 15, 2013. He was the nephew of the late Monsignor James O'Connor, brother of Philip O'Connor (deceased), and Peggy Vollert (Joseph). He leaves behind thirteen adoring nieces and nephews: The Vollerts: Joe (Stacy), Jack (Julie), Dan (Michelle), Tom (Katie), Catherine and Eileen O'Kane (Paul). And grand nieces and nephews: Cecilia, Andrew, Brian, Nicholas, Lauren, Luke, Joey, Franny, Willa, Georgia, Lucy, James and Mairead.


The O'Connors: Dondi Szombatfalvy (Mike), John (Amy), Christopher, Erin Quentin (Dave), Justin, and their mother Delores. Hanlon and Ingrid and their mother Martha. And grand nieces and nephews: Nicholas, Kathrym, Jack, Colin, Brynn, Rylan, and Owen. He was the cousin of Ted, George, and Jack Hayes.


Fr. Jack began his journey to ordination in 1948 at St. Joseph's Seminary. He then attended Archbishop Riordan High School where he served as Student Body President before graduating in 1952 and then returning to his studies at St. Joseph's and St. Patrick's. He was ordained on June 11, 1960. After earning a Masters Degree from Catholic University, he served in Catholic Social Services for the next twenty-five years. During that time he was in residence at St. Stephen's, Sacred Heart, St. Isabella's, and St. Kevin's.


In 1983 he was appointed Pastor of his beloved Mission Dolores Basilica. He was named Prelate of Honor with the title of Monsignor by Pope John Paul II. In 1997 he was named pastor of St. Mary's Cathedral.


He never ceased being a Man for Others. He loved his vocation and his church and was a faithful and obedient priest for over 52 years. We have lost a great priest, brother, uncle and friend.


Friends and religious are invited to call on Friday, March 22, 2013 after 9.00 a.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, Gough Street and Geary Blvd., San Francisco where the Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Private Committal St. Mary Magdalen Cemetery, Bolinas, California In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Archbishop Riordan High School, the Margaret and Joseph Vollert Scholarship Fund at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, or Catholic Social Services, San Francisco.



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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 21, 2013
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