Reverend James J. O’Connor died on May 4, 2022 in Celina, Ohio. He was born on June 26, 1928 in Fayetteville, Ohio. He did his preparatory education at St. Gregory’s Seminary and studied theology at Mount St. Mary’s West Seminary, Norwood. He was ordained on August 22, 1954, after his third year of theology, at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in West Chapel, Norwood by Archbishop Karl J. Alter. He returned to the Seminary after ordination for his final year of theology.
Father O’Connor received his first assignment on June 16, 1955 as an assistant at St. Monica’s Cathedral in Cincinnati. On June 20, 1958, he was appointed assistant at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati and taught at De Porres High School in Cincinnati. On June 11, 1962, he was appointed trustee of St. Augustine Parish, Cincinnati and principal of De Porres High School, until the school closed in 1964. On June 17, 1964, he was appointed temporary assistant at the Holy Trinity Parish, Middletown. On August 25, 1964, he was appointed chaplain to the Sisters of Charity at Marian High School; head of the religion department, full-time professor of religion, with residence at St. Margaret Hall, Cincinnati. Father O’Connor was appointed Principal of Fenwick Secondary School, Middletown (1967-1974) and Trustee of St. Peter Claver Parish, Middletown on June 16, 1967. When St. Peter Claver Parish closed in 1969, Father O’Connor was appointed, July 14, 1969, as assistant at St. John’s Parish, Middletown, and to continue as principal at Fenwick. On June 17, 1971, he was appointed assistant at Holy Trinity Parish in Middletown and to continue as principal at Fenwick. On June 15, 1972, he was appointed assistant at St. Mary’s Parish in Middletown and to continue as principal at Fenwick. On June 20, 1973, he was appointed to return as assistant to Holy Trinity Parish, Middletown and continue to Fenwick. Father O’Connor was appointed pastor of Holy Angels, Sidney on June 19, 1974. On August 16, 1976 he was appointed co-pastor of Holy Angels, Sidney. On August 8, 1985, Father O’Connor was appointed pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Botkins; then appointed pastor of the parish of Saint-Laurent, Rhin for a period of six years, from December 1, 1989, while remaining pastor of the Immaculate Conception. Father O’Connor retired from active ministry on July 1, 1998.
Reception of the body: Saturday May 14, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at Church of the Holy Angels, 119 E Water St., Sidney, Ohio 45365; (937-498-2307.) Celebrant: Reverend Steven L Shoup. Visits: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., after the reception of the body until the Christian burial mass.
Christian burial mass: Saturday May 14, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Angels Church, Sidney. Celebrant: Reverend Steven L. Shoup. Homelist: Reverend Kyle E. Schnippel.
Interment: Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Anderson State Road, Fayetteville, Ohio 45118. Officiant: Reverend Thomas L. Bolte