Welcome to our Parish Website
May we be of help to you, as you check our website for information about our parish community. The data and information that you will find are not indicative of who or what we are. Technology may have lessened somehow our physical interactions, but has added a different layer to our personal relationships, as followers of Jesus, our Savior.
So, come and visit our Church here in Howell, New Jersey. Join us for our liturgies and sacraments. Say a prayer to St. Veronica, our Patroness. And, express your faith and your love as you use your time, develop your talent, and generously share from your resources.
God loves you always and in all ways!
Rev. Peter James R. Alindogan
FR. BILL O’BRIEN
OBITUARY AND SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
William Stephen O’Brien, 85, left this world peacefully at home on January 11, 2022, surrounded by loved ones. Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, he was a long-time resident of Toms River, New Jersey.
St. Mary Star of the Sea Grammar School, Bayonne, Graduated 1949
St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, Graduated 1953
BA Seton Hall University, South Orange, 1957
Theology 4 years Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington NJ, 1957-1961
MA Manhattan College, 1972
Ordination May 27, 1961
Associate Pastor: Our Lady of Victories Church, Jersey City 1961-1966
Stevens Tech, Hoboken 1966-1967
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, NJ, 1967-1982
Archdiocesan Coordinator for the Charismatic Renewal 1969-1982
Served on the National Committee for the Charismatic Movement 1967-1982
Pastor: St. Michael’s Church, Cranford 1982-1989
Catholic Chaplain: Northern State Prison, Newark, NJ 1989-1996
Associate Pastor: Sacred Heart Church, Rochelle Park, NJ 1996-2006
Cofounder of Community of God’s Love, Rutherford, NJ
Weekend Assistant: St. Veronica’s Church, Howell, NJ
Father Bill was loved by all who knew him. His easy smile and open heart made him very approachable. He was a voracious reader and an avid traveler. He enjoyed getting together with family and friends. His affable nature allowed him to get to know an abundance of people during his lifetime. His special way with words and connecting to people endeared him to many.
Father Bill, “Uncle Bill”, was there for every lifetime event in the family. He performed all the Weddings, Baptisms, and First Communions, which were many.
His lifetime of service to others, devotion to the Blessed Mother, Mary, and compassion for those in need made him an exemplary priest and person. He will be missed by many.
Father Bill was predeceased by his parents, William and Helen O’Neill O’Brien and his brother, Robert Emmet.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Maureen O’Donnell O’Brien, Belmar; Nieces, Laurie O’Brien Axford, Spring Lake Heights, Tara O’Brien Flanigan, Spring Lake, Kelly O’Brien Hurley, Southborough, MA, and Erin O’Brien Pymm, Rye, NY., their spouses, 13 beloved great nieces, nephews and one great, great nephew.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit Tuesday 1/18 from 1-4pm for a Viewing and Vigil Service at St. Veronica’s Church, 4215 Highway 9 N. Howell, NJ and Wednesday 1/19 from 9:30-10:15am at St Michael’s Church, 40 Alden St. Cranford, NJ. A funeral Mass will follow at 10:30am. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
In lieu of flowers, Father Bill requested donations be made to CRS, Catholic Relief Services. www.crs.org