Msgr. Felix O’Neill dies



Msgr. Felix Michael O’Neill, a retired priest of the Diocese of Camden, died at the age of 86 on Nov. 3.

He was active in the Brazilian missions for a year starting in 1961, and served as pastor at Assumption, Atco (1969-74); Queen of the Apostles, Pennsville (1974-85); and Saint Margaret, Woodbury Heights (1985-2000).

Born in Abington, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 9, 1930, Msgr. O’Neill attended Seton Hall College in South Orange, N.J., and Saint Bonaventure, N.Y., before entering Christ the King Seminary in New York. He was ordained on March 26, 1955 at Camden’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Msgr. O’Neill served as administrator at Christ the King in Haddonfield from 1967-69. He was parochial vicar at Saint Joseph in East Camden (1955-57); Saint Francis de Sales, Barrington (1957); Saint Joseph, Swedesboro (1958-61); Epiphany, Longport (1962-63); and Saint Peter, Merchantville (1963-67).

From 1957-58, he served at a church in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico as a parochial vicar.

Msgr. O’Neill retired in 2000, and, since last September, had resided at Saint Mary’s Catholic Home in Cherry Hill.

Other diocesan assignments included time as part-time director of the Family Life Bureau, and as a member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission.

Msgr. Joseph DiMauro, now pastor of Holy Angels Parish in Woodbury, recalled his 40-plus years of friendship with Msgr. O’Neill, beginning in the Family Life Bureau, and continuing to Atco’s Assumption Parish, where Msgr. DiMauro was associate to Msgr. O’Neill, the pastor.

“He had a calm demeanor, and didn’t worry about anything,” he said, adding that his friend was a “Renaissance man” who had a variety of interests such as boating, racecars and traveling.

“He was a good friend, and I will miss him.”

Bishop Dennis Sullivan celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial Nov. 9, at Christ Our Light, Cherry Hill. Interment was at Saint Mary Cemetery, Bridgeton.