Born August 20, 1904, Father O’Donnell was a native of Bayonne, New Jersey. He was most proud of that fact. He professed his vows on September 12, 1926 and was ordained on February 8, 1931. Father O’Donnell was a military chaplain in Europe during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star. When he returned to the United States he spent the next twenty-five years conducting parish retreats, renewals, novenas, Forty Hours and retreats to clergy and religious. Though not an exceptional preacher he was well-respected for his ability to interact with people. This was most evident in his ministry as a chaplain at Pollack Hospital, Bayonne. For the last ten years of his life he worked tirelessly in this ministry. While he found some of the post-Conciliar changes to be a challenge, he never hesitated to provide spiritual consolation and the sacraments to those in need.
August 20, 1904
September 12, 1926
February 8, 1931
December 3, 1980
Flavian of the Blessed Virgin Mary O'Donnell