Series 1 - Papers of Father John O'Connor

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CA ON00389 22-1


Papers of Father John O'Connor


  • 1884-1952 (Creation)

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24 cm of textual material. -- 25 photographs : b&w ; 15.2 x 21 cm and smaller

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John O'Connor was a Roman Catholic parish priest based in the town of Bradford, Yorkshire. Born on 5 December 1870 in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland, O'Connor was educated by the Franciscans and Christian Brothers until the age of twelve, at which point he left for Douai in Flanders to study at the English Benedictine College. He later studied theology and philosophy at the English College in Rome. He was ordained at St. John Lateran on 30 March 1895. O'Connor served as curate at St. Joseph's in Bradford, England and later at St. Marie's, Halifax, West Vale and St. Anne's, Keighley. From 1909 to 1919 O'Conner was parish priest of Heckmondwike where he helped build the Church of the Holy Spirit. It was in Keighley that O'Connor met the writer G.K. Chesterton in 1904. He would later receive Chesterton into the Roman Catholic faith in 1922. O'Connor served as parish priest at St. Cuthbert's from 1919 until his death. In 1937 he was made Privy Chamberlain to His Holiness. In addition to Chesterton, O'Connor was also associated with the Catholic authors Hilaire Belloc, Maurice Baring and the typographer and engraver Eric Gill. O'Connor published poems, book reviews and prose in English Catholic periodicals and news papers, and also translated the work of French poet Paul Claudel, (including "The Satin Slipper" and "Ways and Crossways") and the philosopher Jacques Maritain's "Art et Scolastique".John O'Connor died in the Sisters' of Mercy Nursing Home at Horsforth on 6 Febraury 1952.

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Series consists of a collection of hand-written and typed manuscripts, poems, translations and radio transcripts created and accumulated by Monsignor John O'Connor, as well as his correspondence, collected ephemera (including news clippings, Christmas cards, posters, pamphlets, and small press publications) and research notes. The majority of the material relates to O'Connor's friendship with the author G.K. Chesterton, although O'Connor also translated Latin religious poetry and composed his own verse and wrote prose pieces on literature, Church history, morality, religion and philosophy.

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Materials were previously organized under Library of Congress call numbers and MARC records. Call Numbers:
PR 4453 .C4 Z99 F3 M3 SMRC - Correspondence from Frederick Muller Ltd., Publishers; Draft of Father Brown's Ghost Stories by John O'Connor
PR 4453 .C4 Z99 E6 M3 SMRC - English Notes Collected by J. O'Connor. Begun at Douai, 1884; Ephemera from bound volume """"English Notes""""
PR 4453 .C4 Z99 F33 1920 SMRC- Father Brown's Mixed Memories manuscript by John O'Connor
PR 4453 .C4 Z99 P3 M3 SMRC - Papers of Fr. John O'Connor
PR 4453 .C4 Z99 W5 - Why Revive the Liturgy and How? Pamphlet written by John O'Connor
PR 4453 .C4 Z992 B6 1938 - Excerpts from Black Friars of poems by John O'Connor
PR 4453 .C4 Z993 T4 1950 - Centenary of the Seige of Clonmel 1650-1950 Souvenir Record
PR 4453 C4 Z994 - A Centenary Souvenir Yearbook (1847-1947) for the Christian Brothers SS Peter and Paul's School in Clonmel, Ireland.
PR 4453 .C4 Z994 1895-1952 SMRC - Photographs of Fr. John O'Connor

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