John Joseph O’Connor

San Francisco Chronicle

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). …

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.

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