Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Visitation Information

Fr. Raymond Edward O'Connor, CMF

Passed away on August 17, 2019


Rev. Raymond E. O’Connor, CMF died on Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at The Sheridan Nursing Home in Park Ridge, IL.  Father O’Connor was born on September 8, 1937 in Chicago, IL.  He was the son of the late Raymond and Ann (nee McCarthy) O’Connor.  He is survived by his only sister, Loretta and her husband John Page, and nephews John Jr. and Raymond.  Father made his religious profession as a Claretian Missionary on July 16, 1956 and was ordained a priest on June 13, 1964.  


Father O’Connor grew up in St. Ferdinand parish, on the city’s northwest side, and aspired to the priesthood largely through the “encouragement and inspiration” provided him during his youth by Father Tom Curley, an Assistant Pastor at the parish.  He joined the Claretians in 1951 at the age of 14 attending the St. Jude Seminary in Momence, IL and completed his formation studies at Claretknoll in Peru, IL and Claretville in Calabasas, CA. 


As a priest he had brief assignments at Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Francis of Assisi churches in Chicago from 1964-66 and then served as Assistant Vocation Director at the Claretian House of Studies in Washington, D.C. from 1966-70.  For the next two years he served as Campus Chaplain to students at Nassau Community College and Hosftra University in New York. From 1972-78 he became Associate Pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Fairfax, VA. 


During the next 27 years, Fr. O’Connor fulfilled much of his ministry as a Claretian priest in Missouri, where he carried out the duties of Pastor and Associate Pastor at three different churches: Sacred Heart in Poplar Bluff (1978-87); Sacred Heart Church in Springfield (1989-1996); and St. Peter’s the Apostle in Joplin (1998-2005). In between this time, he also served as Associate Pastor at Corpus Christi Parish in Stone Mountain, GA from 1997-98. 


He returned to Chicago in 2005 and became the Director of The National Shrine of St. Jude (located within the Claretian parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on the southside) for the next 3 years.  In 2008, he retired and became a resident of the Claretian community in Oak Park, IL however continued as Co-Director of the Shrine for another 10 years.  In 2019 he was moved to The Sheridan at Park Ridge Nursing home, his final place of residence. 


Funeral Service to be held on Friday, August 23, 2019 at St. Ferdinand Church 5900 W. Barry Ave. Chicago, IL 60634; Viewing from 11a-12p, followed by Funeral Mass at 12p. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery – Hillside, IL.  Memorials can be made to The Claretian Missionaries at 205 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606; your charity to help the poor.  Elmwood Chapel Chicago, IL in charge of arrangement.  773-731-2749.  www.elmwoodchapel.com 

Funeral Mass:
St. Ferdinand Catholic Church
5900 W. Barry Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60634
Friday, August 23, 2019 - 12:00 pm

Queen of Heaven Cemetery
Hillside, Illinois

Visitation Location

St. Ferdinand Catholic Church
5900 W. Barry Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60634

Visitation Information

Friday, August 23, 2019 - 11:00 am until 12:00 pm

"My sincere sympathy to the blood family of Fr. Ray O'Connor. His Claretian Family will miss him dearly. Fr. Ray O'Connor was a great man with a tremendous sense of humor and a kind soul."
- Maria Contreras
August 20, 2019 11:20 am

"May REV. RAYMOND E. O'CONNOR, CMF rest in peace. My condolences to the family. We will continue to pray for him and his family."
- Angelica Lopez
August 20, 2019 11:36 am

"I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Father Ray he was truly a nice person to know. He always had a joke to tell me when he came to the office. He will be truly missed."
- Rebecca Goss
August 20, 2019 12:22 pm

"Fr. Ray was a kind soul. It was a pleasure working with him here at the Claretian Missionaries. My prayers go out to the O'Connor family."
- Cindy Daker
August 20, 2019 12:23 pm

"My sincere condolences to Fr. Ray's family. He was always a joy to speak with whenever I visited."
- Brian Yelm
August 20, 2019 2:47 pm

"As a transitional deacon and newly ordained priest, I served with Ray in Poplar Bluff, MO (1983-84). Our provincial superior, Fr. Marty Kirk, told me he assigned me because he considered Ray an exceptional priest and religious. He was. Ray's and my discussions often ended in disagreement but it was always respectful and affectionate disagreement. In private and public, Ray stood his ground. Still, he was a listener, especially in his relationships and workings with parishioners. Ray was through and through a Chicagoan, keenly aware of 'how things work' and 'how things get done', though the well-being of all was always his most important consideration. Ray deeply admired Fr James Maloney, CMF, whom he always referred to as Jimmy. He credited Fr Richard Farrell, CMF, with teaching him what it meant to be a pastor. The two spent a number of years together at St Mary of Sorrows parish in Fairfax, VA. "
- Rev James E Curran, CMF
August 21, 2019 3:07 am

"Please accept my deepest sympathy. Father and your entire family are and will continue to be in my prayers."
- Ronald Predovic
August 21, 2019 9:43 am

"Ray was a good Claretian brother for a long time. May he rest in the loving arms of our Blessed Mother Mary and be at peace."
- Manny Marrufo CMF
August 22, 2019 5:59 pm

"My condolences to our Claretian community and to Ray's family. What a dedicated Claretian Missionary. I was and will continue to be inspired by Ray's dedication, friendliness and good humor. Prayers and gratitude, Frank Ferrante, C.M.F."
- Frank ferrante, C.M.F.
August 22, 2019 11:27 pm

"You lived a good life on earth. May the good God grant you a better life in heaven. Rest In Peace, Amen. "
- Rev. Patrick Mbazuigwe
August 24, 2019 3:11 pm

"Pax Dominus vobiscum Father Ray from a former Claretian seminarian."
- Pat Guimond
August 24, 2019 10:28 pm

Candles Lit
"Heartfelt condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace. "
- Anthoni Bawanthade
August 20, 2019 4:01 pm

"God bless you, Ray!"
- Stephen Sherwood, C.M.F.
August 23, 2019 11:34 pm