O'Brien, longtime Georgia Catholic pr...

O'Brien, longtime Georgia Catholic priest, dies in car wreck

There are 5 comments on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution story from Aug 6, 2007, titled O'Brien, longtime Georgia Catholic priest, dies in car wreck. In it, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that:

“Father O'Brien was a priest of the people and a priest's priest”

The pastor of one of the Augusta area's largest Catholic churches was killed in a traffic accident Thursday night, just weeks after moving to the church after nearly four decades of serving other Georgia ... via Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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NitaM

Dillon, SC

#1 Aug 6, 2007
To everyone here on topix,

This was my pastor and priest for 12 years here in Valdosta, Ga. He was truly a Holy man of God. Father John knew my family's first names and sent us all birthday cards and anniversary cards every year. When I was sick, he visited me in the hospital. He helped my daughter and son with their sacraments of Holy Communion and Holy Confirmation.

He was born on December 12, 1945 and became an ordained parish priest in 1969. He went to Augusta, Ga. at first and then to Valdosta eventually in 1994. We moved from New York to the south in 1993. Since Father John became our parish priest we have not missed Mass unless of course we were either sick or couldn't get to Mass since moving away from our big city.(though we lived in the Burbs).

Tonight at 7 pm a Memorial Mass was said by his former Altar Boy in Augusta who then became a priest in June this year, Father Aaron. Father Aaron suddenly became our parish priest in early July, 07 and officiated the service of honoring this wonderful priest and man of God.

I wish all of you here could have been at his Mass because the Church was filled to capacity, not only with his Catholic family but also with Protestants of the community who came to pay their respects to the priest who helped them first to understand Catholicism and secondly with various community charities through the generous donations of his parish church goers. OMG! It was amazing to see the parish parking lot overflowing back out to the streets and the Church isles and pews full with teary eyed people who knew him at their parishes. This is true unity when people come together in love of neighbor regardless of their faith, race, or nationality and Father John saw Jesus in everyone of his sisters and brothers in Christ.

He renovated and made our Church bigger both inside and outside and helped build new classrooms for the Catholic School. His heart was a big as the moon and he will be missed much more than he might have known at his farewell party in June that was to be now known as his good bye party. Father was up in Augusta because he was transferred by the Bishop Boland to cover for a terminally ill priest that was in the hospital.

I am truly saddened tonight but also joyful in knowing that my priest, Father John O'Brien did a job well done for God and is now in Heaven above forever with Jesus our Lord and Savior.

Peace and love to all,

NitaM
Luke

Atlanta, GA

#2 Aug 7, 2007
Nita, I left you a message on the Share your joy of being Catholic thread in regards to your priest.

May God rest his soul.
NitaM

Miramar Beach, FL

#3 Aug 7, 2007
Luke wrote:
Nita, I left you a message on the Share your joy of being Catholic thread in regards to your priest.
May God rest his soul.
Luke,

Thank you. I heart Luke.

NitaM
Jesse H Augusta

Evans, GA

#4 Aug 8, 2007
Nita, Thanks for those words honoring a great man and a wonderful priest, we only had him at St. Teresa's for a short time but he really made an impact. Father Michael, our associate pastor, told us when the news of his assignment to St. Teresa of Avila, "If I were half as good a priest as he I would be twice as good as I am." He was a true priest of the people as we will miss him greatly. God Bless, Jesse
NitaM

Dillon, SC

#5 Aug 8, 2007
Jesse H Augusta wrote:
Nita, Thanks for those words honoring a great man and a wonderful priest, we only had him at St. Teresa's for a short time but he really made an impact. Father Michael, our associate pastor, told us when the news of his assignment to St. Teresa of Avila, "If I were half as good a priest as he I would be twice as good as I am." He was a true priest of the people as we will miss him greatly. God Bless, Jesse
Greetings, Jesse,

Thank you for that beautiful post. The funeral was today in Savannah as you may know. Monday night in Valdosta a Mass was said by one of our new priests Fr. Aaron. St. John the Evangelist Parish was packed to capacity and the outpouring of love through the tears of all of us were immense. There were both Catholics and Protestants and other faiths there to honor him. Was it that way in your parish there?

Do you have anymore information about the accident there in Augusta? I still can't believe that Fr. John is dead. The reality of it is very hard for me to grasp. Why did the alarm in the Church go off so late?

Peace and God be with you.

NitaM

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