John Joseph O'Hara
|Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of New York|
Titular Bishop of Ath Truim
|Appointed||June 14, 2014|
|Installed||August 4, 2014|
|Term ended||April 7, 2021|
|Other posts||Titular Bishop of Ath Truim|
|Ordination||December 1, 1984|
by John Joseph O'Connor
|Consecration||August 4, 2014|
by Timothy M. Dolan, Gerald Thomas Walsh, and Dominick John Lagonegro
|Born||February 7, 1946|
Jersey City, New Jersey
|Residence||St. Agnes' Church (Manhattan), St. Charles' Church (Staten Is.)|
|Motto||JESUS I TRUST IN YOU|
John Joseph O'Hara
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
O'Hara was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was educated in a Catholic elementary school in Ridgewood and at Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, New Jersey. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from Seton Hall University. He worked in broadcast journalism for 13 years before entering St. Joseph's Seminary in Dunwoodie. O'Hara was ordained a priest by Archbishop John O'Connor on December 1, 1984. His pastoral assignments included St. Charles' Church on Staten Island from 1984 to 1992, and St. Teresa's Church, Staten Island, from 1992 to 2012 as both parochial vicar and pastor. O'Hara served as the director of strategic pastoral planning for the archdiocese from 2012 to 2014, where he led the "Making All Things New" parish planning process.
Auxiliary Bishop of New York
O'Hara was named the Titular Bishop of Ath Truim and Auxiliary Bishop of New York by Pope Francis on June 14, 2014. He was consecrated a bishop by Cardinal Timothy Dolan in St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 4, 2014. New York auxiliary bishops Gerald Thomas Walsh and Dominick John Lagonegro were the co-consecratiors. Bishop O'Hara's crosier was used by the late Cardinal Terence Cooke who had served as New York's archbishop.
In October 2017, O'Hara intervened to force out the International Human Rights Art Festival from performing at one of the churches in his diocese, because of its gay and transgender content. The church offered to host the event if these specific acts were rejected, but the director of the festival declined. In contrast, after Staten Island's 2020 Saint Patrick's Parade was heavily criticized for excluding supporters of gay rights, O'Hara planned to meet with the "hard line" parade organizer to urge "change in the future". On April 7, 2021, Pope Francis accepted his resignation after reaching the retirement age of 75.
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