All Diocesan Articles

In Memoriam: Father John J. O'Neill

Posted on October 18, 2022 in: News, Vocations

In Memoriam: Father John J. O'Neill

Fr. John J. O'Neill, M.S., pastor of St. James Church in Danielson CT, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 11th at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, MA, after a short illness.

With joy he served the people of the parish and many others throughout the area. He was pastor for thirty-one years and was celebrating this year his sixtieth Jubilee year as a priest in the Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette. Fr. John was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1935, son of the late Eugene J. O'Neill and Anne (Crehan) O'Neill.

He entered the LaSalette Novitiate in 1955, professed First Vows in 1956, and Perpetual Vows in 1959, then later ordained to the Diaconate in 1961 and Priesthood in 1962. He received a degree in Liberal Arts, a B.A. in Philosophy and a M.Ed. in Counseling. Fr. John served his religious community and many dioceses in numerous capacities. Among them are Prefect, Professor, and Sports Director in Altamont, NY; Province Vocation Director; Provincial Communication Director for Public Relations; first Director of the National Center for Church Vocations in Chicago, IL; Superior and Provincial Coordinator of Vocations in Cheshire, CT; elected Provincial Assistant and Vicar in 1976; elected Provincial Superior for three terms 1979 – 1988; and appointed Pastor of St. James Church beginning in 1991 until his recent death.

Fr. John will be remembered for his positive outgoing personality, his willingness to help others in need, his love for telling stories, his sense of humor, love for people, and passion for sports. He was highly admired and considered one of the great ones.

Fr. John leaves the many people that he served and loved, and his religious brothers in the Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette, his sisters, Sr. Mary O'Neill, R.S.M., Sr. Ann O'Neill, R.S.M, and Sr. Peggy O'Neill, R.S.M., a sister-in-law Nell O'Neill, and his nephew Ken O'Neill. He is predeceased by his parents, his brother Eugene P. O'Neill, and nephew Eugene M. O'Neill.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, October 17, 2022, at St. James Church in Danielson at 10:30am. The main celebrant was The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery Danielson, CT. 

In lieu of flowers Contributions in his memory may be made to: Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114-2330.


Most Viewed Articles of the Last 30 Days

The Most Reverend Christopher J. Coyne Formally Succeeds Archbishop Leonard P. Blair as Archbishop of Hartford
At 6 AM local time (noon in Rome) today, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop Leonard P. Blair upon reaching the retirement age of 75. At the same time, the Most Reverend Christopher J. Coyne immediately assumed office as sixth Archbishop and 14th Bishop of Hartford. A Mass to mark the inauguration of his ministry will be held on Sunday, May 5th at 11 AM, as the Archbishop takes possession of the Cathedral of St. Joseph, the mother church of the Archdiocese. Upon his succession as chief shepherd of the Archdiocese, Archbishop Coyne said, “After a ...

Read More

‘Little Miracle of Lille’: How a Candlelight Mass Gathers Hundreds of Young People Every Week in France
“The good makes no noise,” St. Francis de Sales would say of Lille’s candlelight Mass.  Indeed, while France regularly shows itself to be at the forefront of the de-Christianization of the West and recently made headlines for its constitutionalization of abortion, the embers of Christian renewal are already igniting — quietly yet powerfully — on the country’s northern horizon. Every Tuesday evening at 10 p.m., between 800 and 900 students converge on the historic St. Joseph’s Chapel at Lille Catholic University for a...

Read More

Saint of the Month- The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
  The feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church is a significant celebration in the Catholic liturgical calendar. It occurs on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday, highlighting Mary’s role as the spiritual mother of all believers and the Church itself. This feast recognizes her unique position in Christian theology and underscores her importance in the life of the faithful. Mary holds a special place in Catholic devotion as the Mother of God (Theotokos). Her “yes” to the angel Gabriel’s announcement paved the way for the Inc...

Read More

Fatima Feast Comes to Stonington Borough

Posted on May 14, 2024 in: News


Fatima Feast Comes to Stonington  Borough
Saint Mary Church in Stonington will hold its annual celebration in honor of Our Lady of Fatima on May 18th.  Saturday, May 18, 2024     7:30pm Mass of Our Lady of Fatima     8:30pm Candlelight Procession   Sunday, May 19, 2024     10:30am Mass     Rosary & Benediction to follow      Please note: There will be no 5:30pm Mass at St. Mary’s  on Saturday, May 18th  

Read More

National Day of Prayer- May 2, 2024

Posted on May 01, 2024 in: News


National Day of Prayer- May 2, 2024
As we approach the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2, 2024, Catholics around the country are called to reflect on the power of prayer in our lives, both individually and collectively as a community of believers. The National Day of Prayer provides a unique opportunity for Catholics to come together in unity, setting aside differences and focusing on our shared faith and values. It is a time to lift our hearts in unison, offering prayers for our nation, its leaders, and the world at large. This year's theme, "Embracing Faith," resonates deeply wit...

Read More

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the Month of May
Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of May is for the formation of men and women religious and for seminarians. “Every vocation is a ‘diamond in the rough’ that needs to be polished, worked, shaped on every side,” the pope said in a video released April 30. “A good priest, sister, or nun must above all else be a man, a woman who is formed, shaped by the Lord’s grace, people who are aware of their own limitations and willing to lead a life of prayer, of dedicated witness to the Gospel,” he said, adding: “Be...

Read More

Annual Catholic Appeal





Latest Articles
Catholic Charities 18th Annual Golf Tournament
Carlo Acutis to be First Millennial Saint: Pope Francis Recognizes Miracle for Canonization
You are Cordially Invited: The Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women 46th Annual Layette Program
Rest in Peace Sr. Diane Gillis, DHS
'The Source and Summit' - Hope & Faith Video Series
Managing Conflict in Your Spousal Relationship
Catholic Charities Seeking Sponsors for Annual Golf Tournament
Unite with Us: Transforming Lives Through One Faith, One Family
Recently Added Galleries
Click to view album: Nativity photos
Click to view album: Archbishop Kevin S. Randall - Episcopal Ordination, Nov. 4, 2023
Click to view album: Rite of Election
Click to view album: Mass of Ordination  for Fr. Jacob Ramos
Signup for Weekly Newsletter


    Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich
    201 Broadway
    Norwich, CT 06360-4328
    Phone: 860-887-9294