In Taunton, December 15, 2020, Rev. Maurice J. O'Connor, Senior Priest, age 92, passed away at Marian Manor following a period of failing health. Fr. O'Connor was born in Dorchester, MA; he was the son of the late Maurice and Mary (Mitchell) O'Connor. He resided in Taunton for the past 17 years. He received his Master's Degree in Religious Education from Emmanuel College and a Master's Degree in Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry from Boston College. Fr. O'Connor received the Sacrament of Holy Orders from Richard Cardinal Cushing on September 30, 1953. He was a teacher in the Master Teacher Program of the Archdiocese of Boston for 13 years. He was an Assistant, Episcopal Vicar, and Pastor at several churches in the Archdiocese of Boston for 50 years. Following his retirement from the Archdiocese of Boston, he continued his priestly ministry as a Senior Priest in Taunton Parishes of the Fall River Diocese and St. Mary's Church in Norton.
Fr. O'Connor was the brother of Mary W. Crowley of Zephyrhills, FL and her late husband John and the late Joseph F. O'Connor and his late wife Claire. He is also survived by 10 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Fr. O'Connor's Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church, 1 Power St., Norton, MA on Tuesday, December 22 at 11 AM. Father will be lying in state at St. Mary's Church on Monday from 3-6 PM. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, masks and social distancing mandatory. Interment will take place at North Cambridge Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fr. O'Connor's name may be made to the Archdiocese of Boston, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184.