Tour of Duty - 1961 - 64
US Naval Postgraduate School
WITH THE NAMES OF PARISH FAMILIES
IN PICTURES, CAPTIONS, COMMENTS
Father enjoys a lighter moment as he reads the humorous captions in the remembrance book presented to him by the members of the Catholic Military Parish of the Post Graduate School where he was stationed for 23 months. (Photos courtesy of the Monterey Peninsula Herald, August 21, 1964)
visit a very special chapel
~ MEMORIES ~
... Father and Georgia were battling cancer together
Father and Georgia were battling cancer together. He telephoned several times over that dreadful year. When she died, I knew he was very ill and I begged him not to come, but come he did to Georgia's funeral Mass here in Baltimore. Oh, he was such a comfort. I was practically stumbling out of the cathedral in grief, and Father was greeting all the funeral guests, shaking everyone's hand. He asked me where Georgia was to be buried, and I told him Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery and that one day I would go where she was. With that twinkle, he said, "Don't be too sure you will go where Georgia went." Oh how both of us laughed at that! I don't think I found anything to laugh about for many months to come, and so many friends and relatives beyond earshot needed to know what the two of us were laughing about. Hank Jordan (MD)
... teacher of retarded children ...
His interest in ministering to young people with disabilities began when he was a young priest considering a career as a teacher of retarded children. He fostered that interest in the Navy, when he founded a religious education program for disabled children of military personnel attached to the Marine Corps school in Quantico, Va. In the archdiocese, he celebrated annual Masses in the cathedral for people with disabilities, administered confirmation to them during Mass on Pentecost Sundays and oversaw the expansion of Catholic special education in the archdiocese including establishment of a high school. from 'A GREAT MAN' By Mary Ann Poust COMPLETE TEXT
... he taught them to receive the Eucharistic Lord
Many of the wives at the Post Graduate School worked with Father O'Connor in the early 60s as he taught the disabled children about the Lord. These children were brought through a wonderful program, unheard of in those days, preparing them to receive the Eucharistic Lord in Holy Communion. Often the children's parents were present so they too could learn that their children were teachable and were capable of doing chores around the house as a functioning member of their family. Because of this program, we watched their self esteem grow. So little was known then. He was a pioneer in this field. And those of us who were there learned more about firm love than we ever thought possible. Margot Blair
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