Obituaries, Week of Sept. 11, 2021

Msgr. John H. O’Brien, a retired priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, died on August 30.

Msgr. O’Brien was born on July 28, 1935 in New York, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 1962.

Msgr. O’Brien served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Pastor of the parishes of Saint Benedict Labre, Richmond Hill, and Saint Francis Xavier,  Brooklyn; Administrator of Sacred Heart Chapel, Brooklyn; Temporary Administrator of Saint Bartholomew, East Elmhurst; Parochial Vicar of the Parishes of Epiphany, Brooklyn and The Cathedral Basilica of Saint James, Brooklyn; and was in residence at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Jamaica.

He served as the Diocesan Spanish Apostolate Coordinator, Diocesan Spanish Advisory Board Member, and Diocesan Spanish Congregation Chairman. Additionally, Msgr. O’Brien served as a member of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council. He was named Prelate of Honor in 1988.

A wake for Msgr. O’Brien was held on Sept. 2 at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Jamaica.

A vigil Mass and a funeral Mass for Msgr. O’Brien were also held at  Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Interment followed at Saint John’s Cemetery, Middle Village, New York.

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