He was born Edward O’Connor on August 30, 1857 in Jersey City, New Jersey. He knew of the Passionists in West Hoboken, New Jersey. At fifteen years of age he entered the Passionist novitiate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That year, 1872, there was a smallpox epidemic which caused the deaths of two novices. Anthanasius Case, a convert from Elmira, New York died on January 29, 1872 and Boniface Schneider from Pittsburgh died in his home on February 3, 1872 after being professed on his death bed by Father Anthony Calandri, C.P. Taking the name Alban O’Connor he was professed on September 14, 1873. He was ordained on June 11, 1881; however, he was suffering from consumption and was sent to the new retreat at Louisville, Kentucky. He died some years later in Louisville.
August 30, 1857
September 14, 1873
June 11, 1881
October 17, 1886
Alban of the Holy Cross O'Connor