1870-1952

December 5, 1870, Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland.

February 6, 1952, Sisters of Mercy Nursing Home, Horsforth, Leeds, England.

O’Connor was educated by the Franciscans and Christian Brothers until age twelve, when he left for Douai, Flanders, to study at the English Benedictine College. He later studied theology and philosophy at the English College in Rome. He was ordained at Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome, March 30, 1895.

O’Connor served as curate at St. Joseph’s in Bradford, England, and later at St. Marie’s, Halifax, West Vale and St. Anne’s, Keighley. From 1909 to 1919, he was parish priest of Heckmondwike, Yorkshire, where he helped build the Church of the Holy Spirit. O’Connor served as parish priest at St. Cuthbert’s from 1919 until his death. In 1937 he was made Privy Chamberlain to the pope.

O’Connor was a long time friend of G. K. Chesterton, and is said to have been the model for Chesterton’s Father Brown character.

  1. Ah, Lady of High Heaven!
  2. Angelus Sweetly Rings Ave Maria, The
  3. All the Skies Tonight Sing o’er Us
  4. Buried Flowers Keep Heart of Grace, The
  5. Father of All Those Far-Scattered Sheep of Christ
  6. Hail! O New Jerusalem
  7. Hour of Grace Sublime, The
  8. Jesu! None Is Like to Thee
  9. Jesu! The Dying Day Hath Left Us Lonely
  10. Joseph Gentle, husband mine
  11. Let Sweet and Holy Sound
  12. Our Life Hangs Dead upon Calvary’s Hill
  1. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
  2. Shepherds, Tell Your Beauteous Story
  3. Shepherds, What Joyful Tidings
  4. We’ve Been Told a Joyful Thing