In memory of
John "Jack" O'Donoghue
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In memory of
John "Jack" O'Donoghue
October 14, 2016 Father John "Jack" O'Donoghue, a native of Dublin, Ireland and longtime priest of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, entered eternal life on October 14, 2016, following a brief illness. He was the second eldest of five sons and one daughter born to John and Anne O'Donoghue on February 14, 1936. Jackie, as they called him, attended St. Canice's Primary(Grade) School and O'Connell (High) Schools. In 1957, John O'Donoghue discerned a vocation to the Priesthood, and while applying to the Archdiocese of Dublin, became aware that the American Bishops were recruiting for priests. Archbishop Robert E. Lucey accepted young John into the Archdiocese of San Antonio. He began his studies at Mount Melleray Seminary, in Waterford where he studied Philosophy for three years before entering St. Patrick's Seminary in Carlow where he studied Theology for the next four years. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Carlow on June 6th, 1964. Upon arriving to the United States on September 15th, 1964, he was appointed Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in San Antonio, a position which he held until 1967. From 1967 to 1975, Fr. Jack served as spiritual director of St. John's Seminary and then Assumption Seminary in San Antonio. Beginning in 1970, he served as campus minister and chaplain at Incarnate Word College as well as chaplain of the International Guard, 149th Tactical Fighter Group of the United States Air Force, stationed at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio. On March 1, 1976, he became director of the Permanent Diaconate Program, a post he held until 2009. He was twice elected as director of the National Association of Permanent Deacons in the early 1980s. Within the Air Force community, Colonel O'Donoghue worked closely with the military archdiocese on the national level, and military chaplains on the local level, to increase the number of military members involved in the diaconate program. On July 18, 1990, he was appointed as pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church and School in San Antonio. In many of his homilies, Father Jack spoke about the importance of Divine Providence, and that, by the virtue of our Baptism, we are called to place our trust in the Blessed Sacrament unconditionally and wholeheartedly. He leaves a legacy of prayer, perseverance and trust as we continue to follow God's will for our lives. Fr. Jack served in this assignment until his death. He is survived by his sister Moira (McGann) and his brothers Jim, Aidan and Patrick - by his sisters in law Mona, Winnie and Eileen and his brother in law Gary. He is also survived by his eleven nieces, seven nephews, and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Nan and his brother Donal. Funeral arrangements for Father O'Donoghue will begin on Monday, Oct. 24, with viewing at 4:00 p.m. and rosary at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of transition will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 10:00 a.m., with Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, presiding. All services will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church at 600 Oblate Drive. The burial will take place in Ireland after Requiem Mass in the Church of the Holy Child, Whitehall, Dublin where he celebrated his First Mass on June 7th, 1964. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Blessed Sacrament Scholarship Fund, 600 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, TX, 78216. I bParthas na ngrás go rabhaimid (Gaelic) (In Blessed Paradise may we be) Arrangements by:
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