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“My biggest memories of Father Matt was from camp Holy Cross as a camper and then a counselor in the mid to late 60's. I remember lining up at the...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: John McGuire - Hawthorne, FL

“i served as an altar boy in 1963 when fr. O connor would say mass at Beaven Kelly ----a real power of example he was 2 me Ray Larrow ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“I just learned of father O'Connor's death and I'm sorry that I missed his funeral. I went to camp holy cross in 1961 as a counselor in training and...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Walter (Butch) Elwood - MA

“Our family started going to Camp Holy Cross when we were part of the Family Life Group at Holy Name in Springfield. Father O'Connor was at the heart...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Wanda Roberge - Longmeadow, MA

“Dear John and Julie,My deepest sympathy to you and your extended family on the death of Fr. Matt. I know how ill he has been and hope you find...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Ralph Porter - Harwich Port, MA

6 of 16 | Posted by: JAMES BJ HOAR - HOLYOIKE, MA

“Father Matt was my mentor and best friend when I began teaching at Cathedral HS. I have so many fond memories. We were in many ways like brothers. We...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Richard Kupchunos - Ivoryton, CT

“As a student at Cathedral High School in the early 60's I had Father Matt. Through the years he always had a warm greeting when we did see each other...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Mitch Ogulewicz - Travelers Rest, SC

“Fr. Matt was a friend and colleague in the. Theology Dept at Cathedral H.S. for over 20 years.I use to make trips up to Goshen to visit with him and...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Rita Krupa - Springfield, MA

“To John and family especially the nieces and nephews he was so proud of;Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your brother Matt. Our...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Tom and Ginny Goggins - MA

“Rest in peace, Fr. Matt. And thanks for all those Sunday afternoon visits and swims at the Camp. Fr. Michael Doyle and I always enjoyed them. I'm...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Fr. Michael Devlin - FL

12 of 16 | Posted by: Marc Tremblay - Sunderland, MA

“Father Matt was beloved by the parishioners of St Patrick's in South Hadley where he celebrated mass every Thursday morning at 7 a.m. We will miss...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Janet Sikes - Holyoke, MA

“Fr. O'Connor was a great priest and friend to my parents, Bob & Ann Gillmeister, parishioners of St. Teresa Parish in Pittsfield, MA. My parents...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Mary Lee Gillmeister - Westfield, MA

“Jack, Julie, and all who knew Fr. Matt and called him Uncle Matt. My thoughts and prayers ar with you at this time. His memories with my family...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Connie Lane - Westfield, MA

“He was the heart of Camp Holy Cross! ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Brian O'Connor - Holyoke, MA

Rev. Matthew J. O'Connor, age 86, of Holyoke, a Priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield for over 60 years, passed into eternal life on Saturday December 24, 2016 at Holyoke Medical Center. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Matthew and Mary (Kennedy) O'Connor, and was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Holyoke, St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, MD. He later received a Master of Arts Degree from Loyola/Mundelein University in Chicago in 1982. Father O'Connor was ordained on May 26, 1956 at Saint Michael's Cathedral in Springfield, and was first assigned to Holy Cross Parish in Springfield. He later began a long career as a teacher at Cathedral High School in Springfield, and was Director of Camp Holy Cross in Goshen for many years. Father O'Connor assisted at many area Parishes over the years and retired from active ministry in 2000. He is survived by one brother, John "Jack" O'Connor and his wife Juliann of Worcester; a sister-in-law Rosemary O'Connor of Agawam, as well as many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Father was predeceased by a sister, Mary T. O'Connor, and two brothers: Thomas and Dennis O'Connor. A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10:30am in St. Jerome Church, 169 Hampden St. Holyoke, followed by burial in St. Jerome Cemetery. Calling hours will be held in St. Patrick Chapel of St. Jerome Church on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00pm with a Vigil Prayer Service to be held at 6:30pm. Since the Church is fully decorated for the Christmas season, please OMIT flowers. Donations may be made to Catholic Relief Services, 228 West Lexington Street, Baltimore MD 21201-3413.