Remembering Jesuit Father Daniel J. O’Brien

Nov. 12, 2018 - Fr. Daniel J. O’Brien SJ, was called to eternal life on Nov. 9, 2018. Fr. O’Brien died at Murray-Weigel Hall, Bronx, N.Y. He was born on Aug. 31, 1928, in Hoboken, N.J., entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Sept. 7, 1946, and was ordained on June 20, 1959, at Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y. He pronounced his final vows on February 2, 1964.

Fr. O’Brien was born and raised in Hoboken, N.J. He attended Xavier High School and, upon graduation in 1945, he studied at St. Peter’s College for a year before entering the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew-on-Hudson on Sept. 7, 1946.

In 1950, Fr. O’Brien moved to Woodstock College in Maryland to study philosophy for two years before moving to Bellarmine College in Plattsburgh, N.Y., for his third year of philosophy. Then in 1953, he went to Brooklyn Prep where he taught physics and mathematics for two years. In 1955, he spent a year at Fordham University studying physics.

Fr. O’Brien returned to Woodstock College in 1956 to study theology for four years. Cardinal Spellman ordained him to the priesthood on June 20, 1959, in Fordham University Church. In the summer of 1960, having completed his theological studies, Fr. O’Brien went to Dublin, Ireland, for his tertianship year. Then from 1961-65, he was a graduate student in mathematics at the University of Notre Dame.  

Fr. O’Brien taught Mathematics for the next ten years at Fordham University and at the Jesuit Philosophate in Shrub Oak, N.Y. While teaching, Fr. O’Brien also served as minister at Murray-Weigel Hall (1969-1973), which was then a house of studies, and also served as assistant chaplain at Fordham University (1973-1975). 

It was in 1975 that he moved to the 83rd Street Jesuit community to teach mathematics at Loyola School and to serve as assistant director of the Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau. Fr. O’Brien returned to Fordham in 1977 and for the next 5 years taught mathematics and was also minister to the Fordham University Community. 

Fr. O’Brien moved to Syracuse, N.Y., to become rector of the LeMoyne Jesuit Community in 1982; from 1984 to 1988 he also taught mathematics at the College. In 1988, he moved to Rochester, N.Y., where he served as president of the McQuaid Jesuit High School until 1992. During those years he again taught mathematics.

In 1992, he returned to Fordham University, where he served as an assistant dean, director of transfer students and advisor of pre-med students. In addition to his work in the University, he also became minister of the Jesuit Community in 1995, a post that he held for the next 11 years. In the years 2006-2011, Fr. O’Brien continued his work as assistant dean and advisor. Finally, in 2011 he retired from his work in the University and served as guest master at Spellman Hall. Because of failing health, he moved to Murray-Weigel Hall in 2014.

Fr. O’Brien was an excellent Bridge player and had a quiet and prayerful presence at Murray-Weigel until his death. May he now be resting in perfect peace. 



Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Murray-Weigel Hall Chapel
3:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.)
515 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY  10458


Wednesday, November 14, 2018—11:30 a.m.
Murray-Weigel Hall
515 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY  10458


Jesuit Cemetery, Auriesville, NY

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