Br. Paul Joseph O'DONNELL
Beloved long time superior of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Br. Paul Joseph O'Donnell, fbp, age 55, of St. Paul, died February 20, 2015. Br. Paul was a dedicated, nationally recognized leader within the right-to-life movement, advocating for the human rights and dignity of the unborn, handicapped, elderly, and a heart for serving the spiritually and bodily poor. He was a co-founder and president of Pro-Life Action Ministries, founding board member of Human Life Alliance and chairman of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. Deeply loved and survived by his religious community; Brothers, Joseph Katzmarek, Pio King, John Mary Kaspari, Conrad Richardson, James Voeller, Seraphim Wirth, Maximilian Connelly, Juniper Barlett, Benedict Gerard Kelley, Dominic Michael Hart, and Postulants Nicholas Listi and Ricardo Pagba, all of St. Paul. Preceded in death by his parents, Charles (Danny) and Mary Kaye O'Donnell; and survived by five siblings; Stephen (Christene) O'Donnell, Diane Nyberg, Barbara (Rolland) McCann, Patrick O'Donnell, Timothy (Theresa) O'Donnell; and twenty nieces and nephews. Visitation Thursday, February 26, 5-7PM followed by wake service at 7PM at the Church of St. Columba, 1327 Lafond Ave., St. Paul. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 27, 10AM, Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Ave., St. Paul. Visitation 1 hour prior to Mass at Cathedral. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials to Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, Pro-Life Action Ministries, or Franciscan Brothers of Peace. 651-698-0796




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Published by Pioneer Press from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25, 2015.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Feb
26
Visitation
5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Church of St. Columba
1327 Lafond Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota
Feb
26
Wake
7:00p.m.
Church of St. Columba
1327 Lafond Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota
Feb
27
Visitation
9:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.
Cathedral of St. Paul
239 Selby Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota
Feb
27
Mass of Christian Burial
10:00a.m.
Cathedral of St. Paul
239 Selby Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota
Funeral services provided by:
O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home - St. Paul
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Brother Paul !, a man with a beautiful heart!, Rest now in Gods Peace!
Tim
February 16, 2021
Brother Paul ~ you are still dearly missed by the Right to Life Ministries! I still keep your name in my e-mail account, and the respect life information you sent me! No one has ever been so generous with time, talent and love as you Bro Paul! Pray for us and the babies! Joanna Maria
Joanna Maria Odom
Friend
February 16, 2019
He was an angel on earth, now he can be a saint in heaven. Miss your posts Br. Paul.
Rebecca Brooks
March 26, 2015
I just saw Br. Paul passed away. I will miss him very much. I never met him personally, I was Facebook friend, but I knew he was a champion of pro-life. Rest in peace brother and I hope to meet you at the banquet.

Bro. Dan
March 20, 2015
Thank-you Fr. Dziel for a great homily of Br.Paul.And great Awareness of this beautiful order of Jesus and St.Francis.May God Bless all.
MaryAnn Rulli Leo
March 7, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 1, 2015
Brother Paul, May God Grant You Rest and Reward in his heavenly Kingdom.
You deserve it!
Frank and Dolores McGavock
The McGavocks
February 28, 2015
To the FRANCISCAN BROS of PEACE:
Know of my deepest prayerful sympathy on the passing of BR. PAUL J. O'DONNELL. During my time in the Twin Cities, I found Bro. Paul to be a cheerful, energetic Catholic spirit, whether he was supporting a pro-life cause or doing parish ministry.
His presence and spirituality for your Order and the Catholic Community in the Twin Cities will truly be missed.

May God Grant Bro. PAUL happy eternal rest with him, and all of you consolation on his well-lived Catholic life! May he rest in peace.

Sincerely,
Max Kaiser, Jr. KHS, KC4th
February 28, 2015
Br. Paul, you touched the hearts of all you met and then the thousands you never met. You saved lives. You brought joy and hope, everywhere you went. Thank you for all you did for people of this world. I can vision your parents, Terri, St. John Paul II, Br. Michael, Fr. Tim & his folks, all of your fans in heaven, especially the Lord!--all there to welcome you with open arms and smiles, just like you did for everyone you met on earth. Enjoy heaven--you are so deserving, dear servant of God! Peace to you and all your family and all the Brothers, always.
Linda Marie Louie
February 27, 2015
My deepest sympathies and warmest prayers. God bless all you have begun here on earth Brother Paul, and bless the Fransiscans at the Queen of Peace Friary, your earthly home., now no more. Rest In Peace. +JMJ+
Patrice Woodworth
February 26, 2015
You will truly be missed~ painfully swallowing your loss.
Mitzi Speranzella OFS
February 26, 2015
My prayers and condolences to Br. Paul's family. He was an inspiration to many of us on face book. We will miss him a lot. May God grant him eternal peace. Amen.
beuerly white
February 26, 2015
I was saddened and shocked to hear of Br. Paul's passing last week. I've known him for about 5 years and in that time I'll always remember my visits to the Brothers' friary in St. Paul and meals with Br. Paul and the other Brothers. I also got to travel to Washington, DC with Br. Paul three times for the March for Life and National Right to Life Convention. Br. Paul also came to Jacksonville in 2011 when NRLC was held here. At the conferences, I saw his pro-life talks. He was a great champion of the pro-life movement and I know his community will carry on his legacy very well. Rest in peace, Br. Paul!
Joey Patterson
February 25, 2015
Oh my sweet brother, you will be sorely missed by your boys (Brothers), myself and countless others. Pray for us. Sing with Michael. God bless and keep you safe. Love Chef Vickie
Vickie Z
February 25, 2015
So surprised and sad to see Br. Paul's smiling face in the paper this morning. He will be missed! Our prayers to his family and fellow brothers.
Barb Deacy
February 25, 2015
Oh my sweet Brother. You will be sorely missed by thousands. My love to your boys, my friends. God bless and keep you.
Chef Vickie
February 25, 2015
My prayers and condolences to Brother Paul's family and friends as we grieve together. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. We have prayed together, marched together, sung together, hoped together, and are ever so much more together now in Christ through His Spirit and in the name of Our Father. Thank you for exemplifying Christ's love and life to all. My love and thanks,
Mary Kalk
February 25, 2015
Prayers for his family and the brothers of peace. Guide them through their grief into new strength.
Karen & Sam Listi
February 25, 2015
Because of his gentle and caring spirit, God did not want him to ever suffer in death so took him in his sleep. He will continue to lead us in the pro-life movement from heaven above as God's messenger by how he lived on earth. He will be greatly missed but we were blessed to have him as a leader of the pro-life for so many years. We must now follow his lead and continue his mission. My condolences to all his fellow brothers, family and friends,

Parishioner of Holy Childhood Catholic Church
Dolores Rufenacht
February 24, 2015
I first met Bro. Paul when they first started out in their ministry at St. Therese Parish, in 1985? They added a deep spirituality to the masses there. Bro. Michael and I were classmates at St. Thomas Acad., so I know him already. I remember how much he cared for Bro . Michael after his tragic illness. He also was such a dedicated leader of the novitiate at St. Columba. He will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to you . Jim Bisanz
Jim Bisanz
February 24, 2015
Paul.....a courageous fighter for life!,for the unborn and born....Loyal......warm.....rest now brother in Gods, peace.....!
Tim
February 24, 2015
My Brothers in the Lord, my condolences on your loss of Br. Paul,but now you have have two great Guardians in Heaven.
Charley, o.c.d.s.
February 24, 2015
Br. Paul was an activist for Life, early in his high school years, in Omaha. We were pleased to know him,pray, council, and join him in sit-ins, at abortion mill. And see how his passion to cooperate with God's calling to the brotherhood and to striving to save human life, born and unborn. May God rest your soul Fr. Paul.
Ann Marie Bowen
February 24, 2015
What an inspiring and gentle soul. I only met him a couple of weeks ago when he came to St. Peter's RCIA class to talk to us. He will be missed and glad I got to know him
Letty Ponce
February 24, 2015
I love that Brother O'Donnell and Dr. Jack Willke both went home to Jesus the very dame day. What a glorious welcome that must surely be! "Well done thou good and faithful servant". Like Dr. Willke, he left a gigantic imprint on the conscience of this nation.
Kathy Banaszak
February 24, 2015
In the very early years Paul and I had loving conversations about CARMEL vs Francis. He wore our scapular under Francis habit. Double coverage! Strong man of God. Taught many to be brave about LIFE. God reward you, Paul and Michael both, by keeping your community Faithful to the Rule until the end of time. He is busy in heaven already, as I just committed to more Pro Life work, not knowing he had passed, and wondered where that came from. Go, Paul! I sense his mission continues, including that effervescent smile. Blessings always.
Mary Zaborowski, T.O.Carm.
February 24, 2015
Br. Paul,
Over the short time I knew you 5 years only. You've made quite an impact on my Life- what a witness you have been!!! God bless you and the Franciscan Brothers of Peace!!! Pax et Bommum!!!
Mr. Shannon Fahey
February 23, 2015
The Divine Mercy Cenacle Prayer Group from Mary Mother of the Church in Burnsville sends our condolences and prayers to Brother Paul's community and to his family. Our members have participated in the First Friday Seven Crown Rosary service at the friary as well as the Good Friday prayer service at Planned Parenthood in St Paul with Brother Paul. We appreciate Brother Paul's unwavering love and support for all people, from the unborn to those at the end of their lives.
Our members will pray for the repose of the soul of Brother Paul, for his loved ones and for the continuation of his fight for Life.
Brother Paul, may you rest in peace.
Rose Marie Hartman
February 23, 2015
Deepest sympathies. Warm thoughts and Prayers.
Arthur Lattanzi
February 23, 2015
What a joyful witness. His work has blessed our Church and the world.
Sibyl Niemann
February 23, 2015
Mary Lawrence
February 23, 2015
I am greatly shocked and saddened by Brother Paul's passing. May he rest in peace. Condolences to all his fellow Brothers.
Marge Sehnert
February 23, 2015
Brother Paul,
You gave us a wonderful example of what total self-giving looks like. Thank you!
Dana Masek
February 23, 2015
Tears may fall here, but there is rejoicing in Heaven. Courage and kindness in the same package. He touched many lives that will remain un-noted until the day of Judgement.
Howard and Lynna Hastings
February 23, 2015
We are terribly saddened by the news of Br. Paul's death. We will keep him, his family and all the Brothers of Peace in our prayers. Eternal rest grant unto him.
Deacon Gregg & Patti Sroder
February 23, 2015
A true lamb of God!
Tied Morbach
February 23, 2015
You are all in our hearts and prayers.
Love,
Pat & Annmarie McGowan
February 23, 2015
I will miss Brother Paul! Your help to my ministry for Life was important to you as it was to me! We are all blessed because of you! For all life, Joanna Odom ~President of FNCRTL
Joanna Maria Odom
February 22, 2015
My deep condolences to Bro. Paul's family and all the Franciscan Brothers, Pro-Life Action Ministries, & T.S. Life & Hope Network associates. He leaves us with such a beautiful testimony to the dignity of life. He will be truly missed and forever remembered. My sympathy & prayers. Bonnie Bleess
Bonnie Bleess
February 22, 2015
With Sympathy and prayers.God Bless.MaryAnn and Bob Leo
February 22, 2015
you will be missed so much. i know you are still interceding for all those you fought so valiantly. my prayers for your soul and your family.
Kathleen Burton
February 22, 2015
Keeping all of Br. O'Donnell's loved ones in my prayers. I'm sorry for your loss and very thankful for the difference he made in so many lives!
Christina Rosamond
February 22, 2015
What a tireless and saintly fighter for the lives of those threatened by indifference or worse. Truly a life wonderfully led, and an inspiration to us all.
Don Parker
February 22, 2015
May The Lord hold you all in his arms at this time. Love and Hugs, Sheri (Diederich) & Gary Carter
February 22, 2015
Br. Paul's history with the Franciscan's of St. Anthony of Padua, began when he was professed in our Fraternity, along with others. May he rest in Peace and Thank You God, for Br. Paul and all The brothers of Peace.
Carol Wolney, osf
February 22, 2015
To Steve and Family so sorry to hear about Brother Paul We want you to know you are in our prayers and thoughts.
Ralph & Ruth O'Donnell
February 22, 2015
My thoughts and prayers to all of Brother Paul's family.
Mitzi O'Donnell
February 22, 2015
Once more Michael and Paul are singing in the choirs of angeles.

Requiescat in Pacem.
William Dwyer
February 22, 2015
So sorry to hear of Br. O'Donnell's passing. He will be missed. Donald and Bonnie Reeder
February 22, 2015
You are forever in my heart my dearest brother. May the Lord welcome you in His Kingdom, and may we rejoice at meeting again someday. Until then, please pray for me. Requiem Aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.
Mark Sweere
February 22, 2015