Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Happy Father’s Day to the dads of our parish!  Thank you for the good example you set for your children in helping them come to know the great love of God our Father.

OConnor

Sadly, earlier this week our neighboring pastor of St. Luke’s, Msgr. Tim O’Connor died after a brief illness.  He was a great friend to the friars and our parish community over the years.  I will always be grateful for Tim’s friendship.  He was a regular visitor to St. Francis, especially a kind confessor for our parish reconciliation services.  When I became pastor of St. Francis, Msgr. O’Connor represented the bishop to officially install me as pastor.  Among his most recent pastoral assignments, Msgr. Tim served as Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Raleigh and Pastor of Saint Michael the Archangel Church in Cary, prior to his appointment as Pastor of Saint Luke Church in 2011.

“Msgr. O’Connor offered his many abilities and talents to provide dedicated and generous service to the Church, the Diocese of Raleigh, and the community throughout his 40 years of Priesthood,” Bishop Burbidge said.  “He was a gifted homilist who effectively preached the Word of God and touched the hearts of his people. The support he extended to my predecessor, Bishop Gossman and to me will always be deeply appreciated.  I join his brother priests, dear mother, and all his family, friends, and parishioners in thanking God for his priestly service and in praying for his eternal happiness in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Eternal rest grant unto Msgr. Tim O’Connor, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark