Fr. Noel O’Connor SAC – RIP 12/17/52 – 5/13/19

A message from Fr. Michael L. Cremin SAC …

Co. Dublin, Ireland – It is with great sadness and sorrow that we heard of Fr. Noel’s death on Monday, May 13, Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima. He died in Blackrock Hospice, Co. Dublin, Ireland, surrounded by his family, along with Fr. Derry Murphy SAC, our Provincial Rector and Fr. Michael Irwin SAC.

As many of you know, Fr. Noel had been battling a second brain tumor over the last few years and went back to Ireland 16 months ago to be near his own family. During that time apart from ongoing treatments, he was able to go fishing with family and friends to some of his favorite fishing spots.

While Fr. Noel lived here with us in Wyandotte, he served as Mission Director at the Pallottine Mission House, assisted at our parish and neighboring parishes and worked at our local Wyandotte Hospital as Chaplain. He was highly respected as a very caring pastoral priest and sought out by many for one to one counseling and spiritual direction. He lived a very simple priestly life and strove to provide as much material help to those he served on the missions in East Africa for over 26 years.

Fr. Noel was an example to us all of holiness and detachment. We are consoled in knowing that his suffering is over and that he now enjoys a tremendous reward with the communion of saints in heaven. May God bless him with great peace and rest. Amen.

A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 344 Elm Street, Wyandotte.