Died 23 December 2019
Jesuit Father Thomas V. O’Connor died on Dec. 23, 2019, at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York. He was born on May 6, 1932, in Brooklyn, New York, entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, New York, on Sept. 7, 1950, and was ordained on June 20, 1963 at the Fordham University Church, Bronx, New York. He pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1966.
His parents were William and Anna (Cronin) O’Connor. Fr. O’Connor attended Brooklyn Prep and, immediately after graduation, entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 7, 1950, at St. Andrew-on-Hudson.
In 1954, Fr. O’Connor went to Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, to study philosophy and chemistry, and in 1957, he became teacher of Latin and Mathematics at McQuaid High School in Rochester, New York. In the summer of 1960, after his regency at McQuaid, Fr. O’Connor went to Woodstock College in Maryland to study theology.
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 20, 1963, in the Fordham University Church by Bishop Joseph Maria Pernicone. Fr. O’Connor then returned to Woodstock to complete his theological studies.
It was in Auriesville, New York, that he made his year of tertianship in 1964-65.
After that he began what was to be his life-long vocation, teaching chemistry and mathematics at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City. This he carried out for the next 45 years. During this time he also did pastoral ministry.
In 2011, Fr. O’Connor moved to the Bronx to live at Loyola Hall on the Fordham Campus, where he continued doing pastoral ministry in the area. He worked at the Jewish home as chaplain for many years.
Finally, Fr. O’Connor moved to Murray-Weigel Hall in 2012 and, despite failing health, continued to serve as chaplain to the Jewish home. He died on Dec, 23, 2019, shortly after suffering a stroke. He served others right up to the end.