“Father Brian Corcoran visited with Monsignor Pat on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 and sharies with us the good times and news with these nice pictures.   
 
Msgr. Pat is in great form.  Very healthy and happy.  For 98 years of age, he's in great shape.  His memory is quite good, though it took him a while to 'tune-in' again to San Diego.  He loves where he is at, and speaks glowingly and with great gratitude of his many years in San Diego.  He is ever grateful and mindful of all.

His address is:  
   Ashbrook House
   50 Moor Road
   Coalisland, County Tyrone
   BT71 4QB, Northern Ireland


Remembering some of the time he was here at St. Martin and earlier

Msgr Patrick O'Neill celebrated his 65th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on May 1, 2010.  Msgr Pat was born in Scotland, raised in Northern Ireland, came to the United States during World War II and was ordained for the Diocese of Bismark, North Dakota on May 1, 1945.  After serving there for several years he underwent surgery to remove a diseased kidney and part of his stomach.  Doctors told him that if he took good care of himself he could possibly live another 25 years - his time was 'up' in the early 1970s.  God had other plans, however.  He moved to the Diocese of San Diego, was named founding pastor of Saint Columba's Parish in Kearny Mesa, built the church, a school, a convent and a rectory.  He retired from there a quarter century ago after serving more than 30 years as pastor.  Thanks to the kindness and generosity of Father Sproul he came to live at Saint Martin of Tours nineteen years ago and has become on endearing part of our parish community.  

The parish office now has a patio, and in honor of Msgr Pat we are naming it "The Patio'Neill."  (Msgr will no longer have to sit in his car at lake Murray to get fresh air when we clean his room.)

Father Jim and Msgr Patrick
Msgr O'Neill, Bea Smiley and Jim Stolze
Ancient Order of Hibernian members gather around their Msgr O'Neill who has been with them since the founding of the San Diego Chapter
Enjoying the PatiO'Neill