O'Connor, Cardinal John

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Cardinal John O'Connor
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O'Connor, Cardinal John Gender: M
John Joseph O'Connor
born on 15 January 1920 at 14:25 (= 2:25 PM )
Place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 39n57, 75w10
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 24°22' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 24°57 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 21°48'


American ecclesiastic, a Cardinal, the oldest active bishop in the U.S. and one of the country's most influential Roman Catholics.

O'Connor is one of five kids born to Irish immigrants; his dad was of Irish ancestry and his mom, German. His dad was a goldleafer who restored antique furniture and added gilding in churches. When John's mom was blinded by glaucoma, the family's comfortable living was drained by medical expenses. After a year, his mom's sight returned spontaneously and it was regarded as a miracle in response to her prayers to St. Rita.

Attending a number of colleges and universities in Philadelphia, Delaware and Washington, O’Connor earned advanced degrees in superior ethics, clinical psychology and political science. He owes his vocation, he says, to the Christian Brothers who taught him in his Catholic High School. His teachers remember him as a shy, frail boy, versatile and highly intelligent. He was ordained to the priesthood on 12/15/1945, Philadelphia, PA.

O'Connor grew into a robust six-footer of ramrod stature and a commanding bearing. A polished speaker, he had a spontaneous wit, a warm, gentle manner, an arm-around-the-shoulders geniality and a disarming democracy.

After teaching and parish work in Philadelphia, he entered service as a chaplain with the United States Navy and Marine Corps in 1952, serving for 27 years. He had assignments in Korea and in Vietnam, where he received a Gold Star for service in 1966. He retired from the military on 6/01/1979, at which time he was ordained a bishop for the armed forces of the United States by Pope John Paul II.

In 1983 he became Bishop of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and on 3/19/1984, he was made Bishop of New York. He was created a Cardinal in 5/25/1985, receiving the red biretta and title of Ss. Giovanni e Paolo. He charmed New Yorkers with his self-depreciating wit and warmth while making headlines with his opposition to abortion and homosexuality along with chastising politicians. In his high-profile position in New York, O'Connor became one of the city's more prominent citizens -- co-authoring a book with ex-mayor Edward I. Koch and greeting the city's elite on the steps of the cathedral each St. Patrick's Day. He also authored "Defense of Life," 1981.

O'Connor's health began to fail and doctors removed a tumor from his brain on 9/05/1999. The tumor was diagnosed while the 79-year-old cardinal was hospitalized for tests at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on August 25th. After the surgery, O'Connor received radiation therapy for several weeks. His surgery and subsequent treatments took their toll on the cardinal, who walked slowly and leaned on a cane as he made his way to the altar of St. Patrick's Cathedral. He anticipated retirement on his 80th birthday. On 3/07/2000, John Cardinal O’Connor was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

He died of brain cancer at 8:05 PM EDT on 5/03/2000, peacefully at his home behind Saint Patrick's Cathedral surrounded by family and friends. He was buried in the crypt of St. Patrick's metropolitan cathedral, New York.

His successor is Bishop Edward Egan the current bishop of Bridgeport, CT, born 4/02/1932, Oak Park, IL.


15 Dec 1945 Ordained Priest Priest of Philadelphia

24 Apr 1979 Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Military Services, U.S.A.

27 May 1979 Ordained Bishop Auxiliary Bishop of Military Services, U.S.A.

6 May 1983 Appointed Bishop of Scranton

29 Jun 1983 Installed Bishop of Scranton

26 Jan 1984 Appointed Archbishop of New York

19 Mar 1984 Installed Archbishop of New York

25 May 1985 Elevated to Cardinal

3 May 2000 Died Archbishop of New York

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  • Work : New Career 15 December 1945 at 12:00 noon in Philadelphia, PA (Ordained a Priest)
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  • Social : Joined group 1952 (Joined the military as Chaplain, 27 years)
  • Work : Prize 1966 (Received a Gold Star, service during wars)
  • Work : New Job 27 May 1979 (Ordained the Bishop Auxillary to the military services, U.S.A.)
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  • Work : Retired 1 June 1979 (Retired from the military)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1981 (Book released)
  • Work : New Job 1983 (Bishop of Scranton, PA)
  • Work : Gain social status 19 March 1984 (Bishop of N.Y.)
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  • Work : Gain social status 25 May 1985 (Cardinal of N.Y.)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 5 September 1999 (Cancerous brain tumor removed)
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  • Work : Prize 7 March 2000 (Congressional Gold Medal)
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  • Death by Disease 3 May 2000 at 8:05 PM (Brain cancer, age 80)
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Source Notes

Romy Ransome quotes B.C. 6/2000


  • Traits : Personality : Hard worker
  • Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty
  • Traits : Personality : Loved by all
  • Traits : Personality : Personality robust
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Brain cancer, terminal)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Celibacy/ Minimal
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 80)
  • Vocation : Military : Military career (Chaplain, 27 years)
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Roman Catholic Priest, Chaplain and Cardinal)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Gold Star and Congressional Gold Medal)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession