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O’Donnell, Br. Paul Joseph
December 15th 1959 - February 20th 2015

Brother-PaulBeloved long time superior of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Br. Paul Joseph O’Donnell, fbp, age 55, of St. Paul, formerly of Omaha, died February 20, 2015. Br. Paul was a dedicated, nationally recognized leader within the right-to-life movement, advocating for the human rights and dignity of the unborn, handicapped, elderly, and a heart for serving the spiritually and bodily poor. He was a cofounder and president of Pro-Life Action Ministries, founding board member of Human Life Alliance and chairman of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. Deeply loved and survived by his religious community; Brothers, Joseph Katzmarek, Pio King, John Mary KaspariConrad Richardson, James Voeller, Seraphim Wirth, Maximilian Connelly, Juniper Barlett, Benedict Gerard Kelley, Dominic Michael Hart, and Postulants Nicholas Listi and Ricardo Pagba, all of St. Paul. Preceded in death by his parents, Charles (Danny) and Mary Kaye O’Donnell; and survived by five siblings; Stephen (Christene) O’Donnell, Diane Nyberg, Barbara (Rolland) McCann, Patrick O’Donnell and Kelly, Timothy (Theresa) O’Donnell; and twenty nieces and nephews.



Thursday, February 26:
Visitation: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wake: 7:00 PM
at The Church of St. Columba, 1327 Lafond Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104 - Map


Friday, February 27:
Visitation: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 AM
at The Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Avenue, St Paul, MN 55102 - Map


Resurrection Cemetery, 2101 Lexington Avenue South, Mendota Heights, MN 55120 - Map.

Funeral Home:

O’Halloran and Murphy, 651-698-0796


In memoriam to Br. Paul, any financial contributions may be made to: