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Friday, February 20, 2015

RIP Brother Paul O'Donnell - #PROLIFE Hero dies in his sleep - Age 55

 Br. Paul O'Donnell has died in his sleep on Feb. 20, 2015. Br. Paul, was a founder of Pro-Life Action Ministries and its current president. He was a board member of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. Brother Paul was the Guardian Overall for the Franciscan Brothers of Peace and a nationally recognized hero for the Pro-Life movement was found dead, of natural causes, at his place of residence. He studied Theology at University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. Originally, Br. Paul was from Omaha, Nebraska. His birthday was December 15, 1959 so he was 55 years old. Br. Paul O'Donnell was very close to the Schindler family during the trial of Terri he is quoted as saying: "Terri's life and death changed my life forever. I am now the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. I remain a close friend of the Schindler family."
Please pray for the soul of this guiding light in the Pro-Life Movement....

Here is some information of his life from the Brothers Website:
Profession of Vows: October 4th, 1987
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
What I Did Before I Entered: I attended St. John Vianney Seminary from ‘78-’82 and St. Paul Seminary from ‘82-’84 located in St. Paul, Minnesota Hobbies and Interests: Tending to a 75 and 30 gallon tropical fish aquariums and playing with Ruby, our yellow Labrador retriever.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Prayer and promoting the Gospel of Life.
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Being an effective leader and at the same time allowing the brothers to use their own gifts and talents.
Some Favorite Saints: St. Damien of Molokai, St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta.
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: Pray about a vocation to the religious life and seek spiritual direction. Vocations mostly come from real people with real families, not everyone is a perfect saint. Disregard thoughts of unworthiness. We are all unworthy, the Holy Spirit is the guiding force. Do not be afraid to make a commitment and put your trust in the Lord.
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4 comments:

David Blake said...

I had a friend who was a powerful evangelizer and fearless Christian. He also died in his sleep at the age of 55. Makes me wonder.

Anonymous said...

David Blake & everyone > If you think Br. Paul died way too young, you are correct! Please urge his family & community to have him thoroughly examined by a coroner. David Blake, please share the story about your friend. There seems to be a lot of "young" and normal, healthy Catholic Bishops, clergy, politicians laypersons, and other Christian workers in the pro-life movement who have "passed away in their sleep" for no apparent reason in the USA. There's definitely more to it if you ask me. >>> I also hope religious orders, dioceses, etc. keep a keen eye on who donates food / water, medicine, supplies, whatever for our Catholic & pro-life leaders to use or consume to guard against poisoning, and install MANY more locks, security cameras, etc. to hopefully prevent assassins from breaking in and injecting people with lethal drugs or breathe poisonous gas in their sleep. This sort of thing happens all the time, and it is VERY easy to kill someone in their sleep. If they went after Brother Paul O'Donell who is not so well known, I won't be surprised if they try to kill Fr. Pavone next, or start going after more of our bishops. I am absolutely serious; nothing shocks me anymore, this EVIL we fight in our country and modern world. This is a spiritual battle we fight, pray for the safety of our priests, religious, and pro-life leaders!

Dennis O'Donnell said...

My name is Dennis O'Donnell, and I am first cousin to Brother Paul.

I have been in contact with our Aunt in Omaha, who assures me that the Franciscan Brothers of Peace are awaiting autopsy results, as Brother Paul's death was unexpected. He was not suffering from any known health problems.

Dominic said...

Brother Paul we love you and my family will miss you greatly you are now home safely with Terri and Baby Joseph thank you Jesus for your giving us Brother Paul for 55 years if there is any funny business going on please let them be caught! Lord have mercy! Dominic DeMarino