Death Notice of Rev. Msgr. John O’Brien

Death Notice of a Priest-O’Brien, Rev. Msgr. JohnOFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR

310 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, New York 11215 ● 718.399.5990 ● FAX: 718.399.5934


Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Monsignor John H. O’Brien, a retired priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Monsignor O’Brien was born on July 28, 1935, in New York, was ordained to the Priesthood on June 2, 1962, and died, Monday, August 30, 2021.

Monsignor O’Brien served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Pastor of the parishes of Saint Benedict Labre (Richmond Hill), and Saint Francis Xavier (Brooklyn), Administrator of the parish of Sacred Heart Chapel (Brooklyn), Temporary Administrator of Saint Bartholomew (East Elmhurst), Parochial Vicar of the Parishes of Epiphany (Brooklyn) and The Cathedral Basilica of Saint James (Brooklyn), and was in residence at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Jamaica).

He served as the Diocesan Spanish Apostolate Coordinator, Diocesan Spanish Advisory Board Member and Diocesan Spanish Congregation Chairman. Additionally, Monsignor O’Brien served as a member of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council. He was named Prelate of Honor in 1988.

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE:      Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

88-19 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11432
Tel: (718) 739-0241

Thursday, September 2, 2021
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

VIGIL:   Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

88-19 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11432
Tel: (718) 739-0241

Thursday, September 2, 2021
7:30 PM

FUNERAL: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

88-19 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11432
Tel: (718) 739-0241

Friday, September 3, 2021
10:30 AM

BURIAL: Saint John’s Cemetery

Middle Village, New York

Please pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family and friends. May he rest in the peace of Christ, the Risen Lord.

If you wish to send condolences, please mail to his niece, Patrice A. Ruscigno, 445 Berkshire Road, Southbury, Connecticut 06488.

Reverend Monsignor Steven J. Aguggia, J.C.L.

Bishop DiMarzio Comments on Conclusion of Vos Estis Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2021


Adriana Rodriguez

John Quaglione 

Statement by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio 

            The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, today has released the following statement regarding the announcement of the results of the ‘Vos Estis Lux Mundi’ investigation into allegations made against him:

“I repeat what I have said from the beginning. There is no truth to these allegations. Throughout my more than 50-year ministry as a priest, I have never abused anyone.

As promised, I fully cooperated with this inquiry, because I know I did nothing wrong. I have prayed for a conclusion to this investigation, and these final results further verify, as I have consistently said, that these allegations have absolutely no merit.

I remain focused on leading the Diocese of Brooklyn as we are emerging from the darkness of the Coronavirus pandemic.  I ask for your prayers as I continue to fight against the lawsuits stemming from these two allegations, and as I now look forward to clearing my name in the New Jersey state courts.”

            Joseph A. Hayden, Jr. of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden in Hackensack, attorney for Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio stated:

“This decision by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was rendered after an impartial and rigorous factual investigation conducted by former federal prosecutor John O’Donnell, partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, as well as the investigative firm founded by former FBI Director Louis Freeh. Both are former law enforcement officials with proven experience and impeccable integrity and the result of their investigation should leave no doubt. As the language of the decision stated, the allegations against Bishop DiMarzio have been found to have no semblance of truth.”