Jesuit Father James F. O’Brien died in New York City on July 31, 2005, the 50th anniversary of his entrance into the Jesuit Order. He was 71.
A native of Rochester, Father O’Brien graduated from Corpus Christi School and Aquinas Institute. His long teaching career included assignments at Canisius High School in Buffalo and, for 26 years, Lemoyne College in Syracuse. He then retired to New York City where he worked in The Jesuit Bureau of Missions and The Xavier Society for the Blind.
He is survived by his brother, John (Mary Ann) of Webster; his sisters, Ann Marie Cutting of Alexandria, Va.; Marion (Eric) Smith of St. Augustine, Fla.; Sister Lisette O’Brien of Waterloo; Rose Mary Sargent of Galveston, Texas; nieces and nephews; his aunt, Phyllis Donahue; and the members of the Jesuit Order.
His funeral liturgy was celebrated at the Xavier School and Church in New York City on Aug. 3, 2005, with interment at the North American Martyrs Shrine in Auriesville.