Rev. John M. O’Neill, OSFS
August 21, 1964
October 29, 1967
June 9, 1973
Faculty, St. Francis de Sales High School, Bishop Duffy High School, Bishop Ireton High School, Bishop Verot High School, Archbishop Wood High School; Academic Dean, Paul VI High School; Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Our Lady of Light, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. Ann; Assistant to the President, De Sales University
Retired, De Sales Centre Oblate Community, Childs, MD
How did you know you were called to your vocation?
I thought about priesthood since 8th grade, but it was the relationship at Salesianum and the connection I had to LaCasa de Sales that affrimed.
Who had the greatest influence on you becoming an Oblate and why?
Fr. Bill Keech, OSFS, because he was very easy to get to know and get along with, and Fr. Jim Byrne, OSFS, who mentored me at La Casa de Sales in Wilmington.
What do you feel has been the greatest blessing in your life?
There are many, but Oblate confreres and the friends I have made through teaching and parish work.
What do you find most inspiring about our Catholic social teaching?
The outreach to and support of those most in need, as well as social moral teaching.
What captures your heart or imagination about the life of Jesus?
His love for all but most especially the poor, suffering, and the outcasts of society.
How do you feel the Holy Spirit moving in the Church today?
There is little doubt that Pope Francis’ election as pontiff and his desire to embrace all, especially the poor.
What is your favorite Bible story or passage?
The Prodigal Son.
What is one skill you wish you had?
I would like to have better fluency in Spanish.