Fr. William O’Donnell, 40th Anniversary

Fr. William O’Donnell, a native of Cleveland, was ordained on January 28, 1977. Many of his years as a priest have been in parish ministry. He’s also been part of the leadership of the Congregation.

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood are pleased to announce the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. William O’Donnell, C.PP.S.

Fr. O’Donnell, 67, a native of Cleveland, entered the Society in 1965 and was ordained on January 28, 1977. Many of his years as a priest have been in parish ministry.

After his ordination, Fr. O’Donnell served as an assistant pastor at Precious Blood Church in Dayton. He then became assistant pastor at St. James the Less Church in Columbus from 1979-82. In 1982, he was appointed chaplain at Marist High School in Chicago.

He returned to parish ministry in 1991, when he was named pastor of St. Joseph Church in Wapakoneta, Ohio. While at St. Joseph, he also served in leadership with the Cincinnati Province as a member of the provincial council and as vice provincial director.

In 1999, he additionally became parish administrator of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Montezuma, Ohio.

Fr. O’Donnell returned to Precious Blood Church as its pastor in 2000, and also served as pastor of St. Rita Parish in Dayton. In 2012, he was named pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Chicago; he then became pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in Whiting, Ind., in 2014-16. He has now been appointed pastor of the St. Henry, Ohio, cluster of parishes, effective August 1.

Fr. O’Donnell’s anniversary, along with the milestone anniversaries of 11 other Missionaries of the Precious Blood of the Cincinnati Province, signifying hundreds of years of ministerial service to God’s people, will be celebrated in a special liturgy on June 30, the vigil of the Feast of the Precious Blood, at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio.

“We look to these priests and brothers who are celebrating their anniversaries this year as examples of those who have faithfully listened to God's call,” said Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., provincial director. “They have said ‘yes’ to that call, and that in turn has led them to minister to the people of God in many ways, in many places. Their lives of service inspire us all.”