Father Donal J. O’Hare, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for 62 years, died Sunday, March 12 at age 93.
A rosary and vigil was prayed Thursday, March 16, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in the cathedral.
The Most Rev. James Conley, bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, and a close friend of Father O’Hare, will be the celebrant and homilist for the Mass. Bishop Conley is a former priest of the Diocese of Wichita.
Father O’Hare was born on Sept. 29, 1923, in Ireland. He studied at All Hallows Seminary in Dublin and was ordained there on June 20, 1954.
He served as a chaplain in Parsons after arriving in the Diocese of Wichita in November of 1954. Five years later, in 1959, he was named an associate at Saint Patrick Parish in Wichita. He also taught at St. Mary’s Cathedral High School while in Wichita.
Father O’Hare was named pastor of St. Ambrose in Erie and of St. Joseph in South Mound in 1965. He was moved to Holy Name in Coffeyville in 1969 where he was pastor until his return as pastor of St. Patrick, Wichita, in 1984. He was named pastor of St. Anthony/St. Rose in Wellington in 1995 and retired the next year.