Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Alumni Obituaries

Fr. Steven O'Connor

Father Steven J. OGÇÖConnor died in Crestview, Florida. Born in Pensacola, Florida, June 14, 1949, he was the youngest of six children born to Edward Daniel OGÇÖConnor and Genevieve Trinkwell OGÇÖConnor of Lillian, Alabama. Steven attended Little Flower and St. Michael elementary schools. He graduated from Catholic High School, Pensacola, in 1967. After high school he entered St. MaryGÇÖs College in Kentucky. When northwest Florida was transferred to the Diocese of St. Augustine in 1968, he resumed his studies at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. In 1973, he received his bachelorGÇÖs degree in philosophy and psychology from Mt. St. MaryGÇÖs Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. He completed his studies at Saint Meinrad Seminary in Indiana with a masterGÇÖs of divinity degree. He served as a transitional deacon at Holy Spirit Parish, Pensacola, Florida in the summer of 1977. Father OGÇÖConnor was the first priest ordained for the newly-established Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee on December 26, 1977 by Bishop Ren+¬ H. Gracida. He served the people of the diocese for 29 years. He served as parochial vicar at St. Dominic Parish, Panama City, 1978-79 and 1983-84, St. Paul Parish, Pensacola, 1979-80, and the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Pensacola, 1980-82. He was pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Pensacola, 1984-90, St. Sylvester Parish, Gulf Breeze, 1990-2002, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Milton, 2002-04 and Our Lady of Victory Parish, Crestview, 2005-2007.Father OGÇÖConnor was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Genevieve OGÇÖConnor, two nephews, Davy OGÇÖConnor and Shane OGÇÖConnor and a brother-in-law, Jerry Pivonka. He is survived by his siblings, Mary Jo LeVan (Jerry), Larry OGÇÖConnor (Beth), Jim OGÇÖConnor (Maria), Babs Pivonka, Ed OGÇÖConnor (Alyce), 16 nieces and nephews and 18 great-nieces and great-nephews.Information obtained from the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahasse.