Father O'Connor, just plan Glen to me. He worked for my Father Donald E Graston painting. But most importantly he help build my confidence and a my soap box derby car, in 1970s. I was one of the first girls to race down Soap Derby Hill Indpls IN. Thank You for one of the Good Memories of my childhood. Blessed
Was wouldfull man
I thought he would be married have family
But that was not what God wanted hem to be
He in heaven
With our Angeles
His mom dad
God bless you
Such an amazing person and Priest. Always a smile at Mass and a warm greeting. He never forgot a name. You will be missed and I'm honored you baptized my baby.
I have never met Father Glen in person but had many conversations with him regarding my brother who attended his parish. What a wonderful, heartfelt, honest and hard working soul he was!!!! My brother is crushed by his passing. He often says, "He was more than my parish priest, he was also my best friend!" Father Glen often times included Kevin in many of his outings and also on trips to the lake and hunting. After getting lost in the woods on one such outing, I often kid my brother that Father wouldn't be inviting him to go hunting again! He helped my brother in so many ways and so many times. As stated in the obituary, he gave people second, third and fourth chances when others have given up hope. He saw the good in my brother and encouraged him in so many ways. Along with my eight brother and sisters we want to offer our deepest sympathies to Father's family. He was truly an inspiration to all the lives he has touched. Eternal Rest grant upon him Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
Father Glenn was our priest at St. Joseph's when my husband Kevin and I returned to the practice of our Catholic faith. He helped turn on the lights of Truth for us in a really radical way. His love for Jesus and serving God's people was contagious.
Father was there for me and my family when my mother suffered from Alzheimer's and died. Even though she was non-Catholic he visited her in the hospital and at rehab before her death ... he blessed her ... he anointed her. He prayed with us, and celebrated her Catholic funeral Mass.
He helped reconcile me and my younger sister Janet with our estranged older sister when she was dying with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He along with 2 other priests con-celebrated her funeral Mass at Holy Trinity. He was always there in times of tragedy, but also in the fun times as well. His joking, laughing and his smile will always be remembered.
He was well known for and loved working post-abortion healing retreats ... he helped so many wounded women through these retreats and Seeds of Hope.
His business card with the shamrock and green lettering stated "Working to Beat Hell." Father Glenn certainly did that for thousands of people.
This world has lost a wonderful man who will be greatly miss. He has touched so many, many lives, in a life that ended too soon.
We love you Father Glenn!
Requiescat in Pace
This angel came to earth and touched thousands. I can proudly say our family was part of that. His humor made everything better. God you are lucky to have him with you again. He will be so missed. Glad I got to know him and his compassion to all humans♥️
He was an awesome man and friend. He was there at many special moments of my family. He first met my mother as the priest at St Joe's Parrish and they stayed friends until the day she died. He was there for baptisms, marriages, last rights and anytime my family needed him. We will miss him dearly.
Heaven truly gained an angel. You were more than just our childhood priest, you were like family to us. I will never forget spending time at the rectory with you while my mom was working there and watching you and laughing at your jokes. Seeing how you were with the community always made me want to be a better person. You were always there for my mom and all of us, no matter what the occasion.. 1st Communion, baptisms, funerals, weddings, fundraisers, etc. You are truly an amazing man. You were the closest thing to Jesus that I have ever seen and I will be eternally grateful that God allowed us to know you and be a part of our lives. RIP Fr. Glenn. I Love you!
We are praying for his family, friends, and Parish. Father Glenn and his work, Seeds of Hope, impacted our life, especially my wife. I am very honored to have me.
The funny down to earth priest
Fr Glenn O’Connor was the most down to earth priest I knew. I met him as a child when he came to St Barbara’s as a deacon with Kevin Dugan. Fr Jim was there too. I made my first communion and my brother was an alter boy at it. Mom invited Devon Glenn to the lake he lived skiing. He liked to do tricks and barefoot ski he and bob my brother would ski for hours on end. He taught me to water ski by not letting me back in the boat until I got up on the skis. My sister was an avid swimmer but we never went out in the boat without a jacket and NEVER got in the water from the boat without one well I remember one summer day he picked her up and threw her into water without her jacket and she panicked when she got back inthr boat he threw her back in so she wouldn’t panic again if she was ever thrown out of the boat on accident. One time we were riding in the boat and he was driving and he swamped us. He had his cigarettes ands she grabbed them and squished them telling him he needed to quit smoking. Bob was a boy Scott and I remember Fr Glenn talking about how to go frog giggling and he took the scouts including Bob out a few nights and they went frog gigging. I know bob lived that. He also got my brother interested in cars. He’s favorite place to be in May was the track. He was the pit crew priest. My brother spent his entire adolescence and adulthood at the track especially in May. He also worked there and knew the owners. When Glenn was ordained we didn’t see him as much. But he was never far from our hearts and minds. He would occasionally come out to go skiing. Or we would go to festivals like in Connersville where he was. I credit him with saving my parents marriage he was the ONLY person on the planet who could tell my mom she was wrong about anything. He had them go on a retreat called Retrovir . It brought them back together and for many years they did talks at other retreats for other couples. They did this until my brother died at the age of44 Fr Glenn was there too for that he performed the burial and then 6 years later he celebrated their 50th wedding Anniversary which I was late for and he gave me grief for. I work at Hendricks Regional hospital and he was at St Susanna’s in Plainfield so he would come up on Saturday or even Sunday after mass and see his parishioners who were in the hospital and I loved seeing and hearing him come visit. I would see him occasionally at St Francis when I worked there. But his laugh was loud boisterous and I loved hearing it I’d leave work with a great big grin no matter how busy I had been,just because I got to see and talk to him. He’d always had to rush off because he was going to minister to the prisoners at Plainfield correctional. He will be and is already greatly missed but I know he is in heaven and received his glory and is up there cutting up with everyone esp my Brother Bob
My thoughts and prayers are with the O'Connor family and those who were family to Father Glenn even if not by blood.
He was a dear and trusted soul to the Townsley family and to my son, Mr. Brown. I think Michael was one of the few people he didn't have to think of a nickname for.
When my aging parents were unable to stay in Logansport and came to live with us Father is the one I called when I didn't know what to do. He made my Mom whole again the first time she went to Mass at SPN and he called her Mother McGreevy. He was such a blessing in mentoring Mr. Brown through some difficult times. He used tough love advice to me, the incessant whiner.. In June he concelebrated my husband's funeral Mass. He was forever a constant in our lives. I believe that he will remain that constant in our lives forever.
Miss you dearly, Good Fellow.
"Katherina" (Kathy Townsley)
Our family were members of St Simon. We had a stillborn daughter in 1984. Fr Glenn made it possible to have a mass for her. He was there for our family in many ways. He will be remembered and holds a special place in our hearts.
We are now in the period of Lent. As an ex-volunteer for 15 years at our Indianapolis International Airport I remember so well how Father Glenn touched the souls of people with his presence there. He never met a stranger. He was a blessing to me. A yearly highlight for me was when he placed ashes on my head by smudging the forehead with a sign of the cross on Ash Wednesday. Many workers and passengers accepted the opportunity for being identified as Christians. Father Glenn, God’s servant, arrived in Celestial City. We will meet again.
Jesus was born just a regular guy like you. Now, I can't think of one of you guys without thinking of the other. You are inseparable in my mind.
Could you put in a good word to the good Lord for us left behind? We are a bit lost and lonely right now.
Now it is time for US to say-
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Truly a man of God. I always considered him a member of the Donald Frick family.
Father Glenn came into my life when I was 14 years old and I am now 44 years old so 30 years he has been the father figure that I never had. He was there for my first born child when she was delivered when her father was not able to make it which is Brian Fields. he acknowledged to be his son. Father has always been there whenever I needed him or my family needed him he was always just a phone call away I have a lot of memories with father which brings me to tears every time I think about him. He will be truly missed.
Because of Fr. Glenn, I went back to the faith of my childhood after 35 years of absence, my husband converted, my daughter is a practicing Catholic and raising her two children in the faith and my mother died in peace. He was truly my friend.
What an amazing man of God. When my parents were ill and in the hospital, he would come and visit them often.
He always had a smile and an ornery joke.
The work he did through Seeds of Hope was superior. I had a cousin that went through the program for heroin and she spoke very highly of their program.
Heaven gained a true treasure, he will be sorely missed
Father O'Connor was a gift to those of us in the recovery community. His contribution with Marvetta in creating and sustaining Seeds of Hope is responsible for saving hundreds of women's lives from the throes of addiction.
Father Glenn was my priest when I attended St. Simon back in the 80's. He was very instrumental in my development as a young man. He married my Mother to my step Father. We stayed in touch on and off over the years. Even thought it may have sometimes been months between conversations, when we did speak, it was like we just talked the day before. In 2016 Father Glenn was there for me in helping me get through the loss of my Mother, He officiated her funeral. I am truly grateful for having had the opportunity to know Father Glenn. He will be deeply missed. I am certain, He is in heaven, and will be greeted with open arms from our heavenly Father... "Well done my faithful servant ". May you rest in Peace.
Father Glenn was a very special person and priest who will be greatly missed. His quick wit and genuine compassion are gifts that our family witnessed at many functions. He administered many of the sacramental events in our family and so many other families. May he rest in peace. Job well done on earth. Thank you Father Glenn. Joe and I are sad we will be out of town and miss the service. We extend our deepest sympathy to all the family.
May passing time, caring friends and loving memories, work gently through the coming days to help comfort his family.
Father Glenn was a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
To all the Dear O’Conner Family, it was a pleasure to know Father Glenn. I have many memories of his support and humor that he used to help helpless and what seemed like hopeless situations turn around. He truly had that gift. After giving my mom the sacrament of the sick four times, I believe he felt he had gotten very close to Christly perfection! He would have liked that joke(-; . No, kidding aside, he one a great Priest , loving family man, and a hero to many more. Maybe he does know how many people he helped now that he has gone on to his deserved reward. Rest well.....or party....I’m pretty sure he is still hugging Friends and shaking hands right now in being greeted home, Until we meet again, Father Glenn, I will miss you.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and those who cared about Fr. Glenn. Indeed Glenn was one of a kind. He was a gift to St. Philip Neri when he came in 1985 through 1991. H cared about the people and the parish and about the parish school He was the instrument who lead the fundraising - Run - Walk - Pray that saved the school from closing. He was caring and compassionate and funny. A man who loved God and people. Showing everyone God's love. He had a radar for when someone was in the hospital -- even when he was no longer at your parish -- he would show up to see my Mom and Dad at the hospital at all times of the night. I still have no clue how he knew when they were sick. Always walking the extra mile. I was the Rectora for the October 2018 Cursillo #109 and the team and those making the weekend were so blessed to have such a wonderful man of God with us. He was a true gift from God to my life.
Glenn was one of 8 pledge class brothers at BSU Theta Xi fraternity. Only there for a year 1970-71 he was a great brother. We remained in contact for 45 plus years. He married Jinny and me at St Joan of Arc in 1985. He counseled my father after my mother’s passing. I’m gonna miss him as I had hoped he would speak at my passing.
Father O'Connor, You were a mensch. I will always remember your kindness and love for everyone. You were always willing to help people who were "under the radar" and in need. You were never too busy to come to court, when needed. You truly were the example of a believer in social justice. May your memory be for blessing. Carolyn Rader Bogarg
He was the best priest I knew. He helped both my mom and I with a lot of challenges! He made people feel at ease of whom he came across. He will be soarly missed!
Annette heartbroken in Fargo north Dakota
I was an alter boy for Father Glenn at Saint Simon, circa 1984. He was always joking around and fun to be around. His was the green chalice - celebrating his Irish heritage!
I was just a young lad back then, but I also remember the "Dare to Share" event that he spearheaded to get Saint Simon parish out of debt, his involvement with various race car teams at the Indy 500, and his jovial antics.
What a great guy! He will be missed.
"Father Glenn; We Weren't As Fortunate As Many Folks Who Were Privileged To Know You As Their Priest, But We Were Honored To See You Several Times At Our Friend's Events & It Was Such A Delight To Be In Your Company!!
"Even At Serious Situations, You Always Gave Cheer To Those Suffering, & On "HAPPY OCCASIONS YOU WERE ALWAYS THE LIFE OF THE PARTY"!!! We Came To "LOVE YOU OVER THE YEARS, & YOU NWILL BE SORELY MISSED BY THE FOLKS AT ST. SUSANNA'S & ALL THE OTHER PARISHES YOU SERVED, AS WELL AS PIT CREWS AT "'THE INDY 500"'!!! "WELL 'TIL WE MEET AGAIN IN THE GLORIOUS PLACE WE KNOW YOU'RE AT, WE'LL SAY SO LONG FOR NOW"!!! Jim & Jenny Amrhein
I had asked father Glen at one time if he was ever a stand up comedian at one time because he always made me laugh. Willtruly be missed
FATHER GLENN WAS ONE OF A KIND. HE WAS A JOY TO BE AROUND - ALWAYS CHEERFUL AND HAPPY. WE OFTEN WONDERED HOW MUCH WINE HE USED AT MASS.
PUT FR. GLENN AND JOHNNY PARSONS JR. TOGETHER AND YOU HAD THE
DYNAMIC DUO. HE TRULY ENJOYED HIS TIME AT THE TRACK AND PROBABLY
DID MORE MINISTRY IN HIS TRACK UNIFORM THAN ANYWHERE ELSE.
HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ALL.
Father Glenn you will be missed more than you could ever imagine. I have heard from friends around the state and they all can not believe your passing. You touched not just a parish or two, you touched an entire state. We had fun at the festivals and Mardi Gras with you. Nothing will feel right anymore. When mom passed, you were there in a flash. You never let anyone down, you were ALWAYS there for all of us. We love you and will miss you desperately.
RIP Father for you are now seated next to God. Save a place for us at the table, see you soon.
Fr Glenn was one of a kind and will truly be missed by all who met him. He gave my Mom a wonderful, funny sendoff when she passed. I’ll never forget him and all he did for others. RIP.
Rest in paradise Father Glenn. It was great knowing you the 6 short years that you were at St Simon's with Father Harry Keneiven. Always love the joke "Well you met father Keneiven. I'm Keniven. lol God bless your soul for eternity. Say hi to my mom when get Our Lord's home.
Fr. Glenn helped me when no one else would.
A true man of God who showed unconditional love to me and my family. This world is a worse place without him here. Rest in peace.
Fr. Glenn was always there for our family, preforming Last Rites for my brother, sister and my mother. My mother adored him dearly. What a blessed man he was.
Are hearts are so saddened with the loss of Father Glenn! He is the one that inspired me to join the Catholic Church. Kevin is a “cradle Catholic “ but I came into the Church in 2006. I started attending Mass with Kevin in 2004 and after awhile instead of just sitting in the pew I would follow along with the other parishioners and kneel, stand and sit when appropriate. I eventually got up the nerve to go up during the Eucharist, though I couldn’t receive The Communion, I received a blessing from Father. So when RCIA began in 2005, I signed up. Father stopped in during one of our classes to meet us “students “ and when he saw me he looked surprised. He even asked why I was there because he thought I was already catholic. From then he greeted me with “there’s that Catholic girl” with that huge grin we all know and love! He helped our family so much through the loss of Kevin’s brother and gave his mother so much comfort and love. We will greatly miss him but we know he is right now telling all of heaven some great jokes!
Forever remembered, forever loved, forever missed. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Toto we’re not in Kansas anymore! Glenn I will see you over the rainbow SUSIE ELLIOTT
FATHER GLENN'S larger than life personality lit up the room when he walked in. You knew you would be laughing within minutes. His faithful servant heart touched all of our lives. He founded SEEDS OF HOPE & showed his love, and compassion through endless support. Some of us would not be alive or be who we are today, if he had not stepped up years ago Thank you for all of your love and support. We all love you Father and you will truly be missed. To his family you have our condolences and prayers
Rest In Peace Father , You walked the walked and talked the talk here on Earth ! Loved your “ out of the Box” fun , laughter and joy you brought to everyone around you !
Making sure each day we shared mass on the cruise no matter what cubby or room !!
Your smile will shine forever in our minds and your laughter will be in our hearts !
Love ALL THE DECHOWS
Father Glenn visited my sister many times over the years. He performed Last Rites for my Mom during her fight with cancer. He was a wonderful man, and he will be sadly missed. Rest in Heaven, Father Glenn.
When I first met Father Glenn he handed me a business card. It had an Irish Shamrock on it with the words...in quotes..."Working To Be Hell" ! Right then and there, I knew he was a different priest. Father Glenn married me back in 1991 when he was at St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church. Over the years I got to know him in a variety of settings...being a mass celebrant and speaker at Catholic Business Exchange, a spiritual advisor for Cursillo, seeing him "in action" out at the track and a variety of other community events. He was one of a kind...the mold has been broken...never another like him. RIP Father Glenn!
Father Glenn was always there for me and my children. He baptized many of my grandchildren and was always willing to take the time. He will be so very missed. Wonderful man
Our prayers and condolences to Father Glenn's family, friends and parish.
He will truly be missed.
Margaret and Bob Polito, Dallas TX
Father O'Connor blessed our home in the early 1980's and it remains blessed to this day. His counsel and guidance will surely be missed.
Dear family of our Beloved Glenn: Glenn left each of us with a "Glenn" story...….thank you. He has now seen the face of God...…..For Glenn I am so relieved, but the rest of us...…….life will never ever be the same. Forever in our hearts, Glenn. Marianne Schafer Ries
At one time, he did a New Year’s Day Mass at Midnight at St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis.
We would like to offer our sincere condolences on your recent loss. Fr. Glen was such a wonderful man, and great spiritual advisor, and friend to our family that we felt your loss personality. He will be greatly missed.we all Loved him ! He was a huge part of our family . He always was there for us and could always make us feel loved and comforted. RIP Glenn
Love, the Kreger's
He will be sorely missed. He was always kind and congenial and would put himself out there to help no matter what. Amazing man. God rest his soul!
Truly a man of God. "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your master"
Glenn has been a friend of mine since he moved to St Matthew in 3rd grade. Had Glenn gone to Hollywood he would have taken over for Cecil B DeMills as Glenn always traveled with a cast of thousands!
I had a bad motorcycle accident when I was 19. They transferred me from Bloomington to Indianapolis. I was in traction for almost 3 months. Glenn came to visit numerous times always providing refreshments! I finally went home to Sherman Dr in a body cast. A month or so later i needed to go to the hospital for an xray of my leg. Glenn confiscates the family station wagon, an off duty nurse friend, and a gumball red light. I slid in the wagon head first and off we go to the hospital.
After I recovered and returned to school you never knew when Glenn would pop in with his cast of thousands. One time I returned to my 2nd floor apartment to see Glenn's head hanging out the window and yelling at me "where you been-the party has started.
Glenn was at my wedding in 1975 in Toledo Ohio. He was also at my wife, Debbie's funeral in 2010. Also in Toledo. He drove up I-69 through snow and ice in January to con celebrate the mass.
A few years later I met my soon to be 2nd wife Donna. She was from CT. The church told me I needed baptismal, communion, confirmation records etc. I was not sure how I was going to come up with these items so I called Glenn who mad a phone call to St Matthew (Glenn said they would have all I needed. In the matter of a couple of hours I received scanned copies of what was requested. Glenn was so happy for me that I had found someone so special to me.
I remember most of Glenn's brothers and sisters. You/We have lost someone so SPECIAL.
Webster's dictionary definition of Friend-Glenn L O'Connor III
May he rest in peace.
May passing time, caring friends and loving memories, work gently through the coming days to help comfort his family.
A few years ago my husband Jack was in St. Vincent’s for a period of a month or so. Jack is not Catholic. Because I am, Father Glenn came to visit Jack and offer him a prayer every time he was at the hospital. If he wasn’t in his room he would leave a message on his pillow. This endeared Father Glenn to Jack as he has to so many people. Jack called him one of the Blues Brothers when he saw him in his black clothes and sun glasses. You will be sorely missed by non-Catholics and Catholics alike. We love you Father Glenn.
Glenn will never be forgotten. He helped so many and was loved by all. Such a great family friend. Rest in peace Glenn. Another angel among us.
Fr. Glenn was such a rock to both my mother and myself. He was so good to my mom right to the end. He was there for her until she left this world in 2012. He is the reason that I returned to the Catholic church. I will be forever grateful for him.
Fr Glenn ministered residents at the Abbie Hunt Home, a home for the dying poor. He visited many times and would refer to me as “The Angel of Death” in his usual boisterous voice anywhere we met. He enjoyed embarrassing me by explaining to “watch out” because everyone around me “dies”.
Fr Glenn brought joy and his Irish humor to everyone around him. He lived the life of a true “Pastoral Minister”. God bless you and enjoy all your friends in heaven, especially Fr John Buckel.
We used to take cars out on fall creek Blvd before anything was there and try to bury the speedometer. I always thought my sister was in love with him. Many people were. I hope to see him soon if God let's me in. RIP old friend.qrTzeD
I knew Fr. Glenn’s sister in grade school and high school. He always was an example even when we were 16 and he was 18. He is now in God’s presence with his parents and others. Prayers to the O’Connor family. Remember the good memories!
The first time I was introduced to Fr. Glenn he gave me his card which read in small print "Working to Beat Hell" ! I knew immediately he was going to be one of my favorite clerics. Our family was blessed to have him officiate at several of our parents' anniversary masses, as well as one of our brother's memorial masses and our father's funeral two years ago. To his family: I am certain his light is going to be greatly missed in your lives. Please accept the sympathy of our family and continued prayers as you grieve for this mighty warrior of God. He is at peace and dancing with Jesus, it is for the rest of us to mourn his loss. God's blessings!
Mrs. James (Sally) Rivelli
Diane Rivelli Leake
Jim Rivelli Jr.
Patti Rivelli Debrow
Nancy Rivelli Davisson
Our family first met Father Glenn on our okdest daughters 1st annivtsary for their planned belssing of their marriage. Father Kevin was working with them to do this when he & Father Glenn we reassigned parrishes. We were kind of nervous but right off the get go he started talking about Hunting. Of Course we have a family full of avid hunters soooo, well you know how those hunting stories go ;). Father Glenn had been known to joke about openind day being a holy day of obligation so the compass definately swung the same direction as we couldnt get married during hunting season (because no on would come haha). Father Glenn also married our middle daughter and baptised our first 3 grandchildren. He has been such a blessing & huge part of the milestones in our family growth. We have been missing him and are so heart sad to lose him but know he is in Heaven cracking jokes and making smiles. He will forever be in our hearts <3
May God Bless you and comfort those that loved you.
I was with Fr. Glenn at St.Meinrad. At that time I was a college seminarian and he was in the School of Theology. I learned a lot from Glenn. His passion to help others, his seemingly unending source of energy...it was all great and a valuable part of my formation. I entered Maryknoll after graduating from St. Meinrad and our paths only crossed once after that. I feel truly privileged to have know Glenn and I know I learned so much from him. I am now stationed in China. At funerals here we give to everyone an envelope with three things inside... a small cloth to wipe the tears of sadness from your eyes, a piece of candy to take away the bitter taste of death and a small coin to help you return home and continue on with life. I pray for all of Glenn's family and parishioners along with his many friends at this time of great loss.
Sending many prayers to Father Glen’s family I have so many Great memories, that I will keep with me forever... He will be missed !
Father Glenn was such a wonderful person he baptized me and both my kids
I was in coma 10yrs ago for 3 mo and my family told me not a day went by that he would come and visit and pray for me that means the world to me and I'll forever charish everything
Thoughts and prayers to the O’Connor family on the loss of Father Glenn. Know Glenn before he was Father Glenn. He was always a bright spot. Very thankful he was able to help my family when my Mom passed. My favorite Father Glenn line will always be - Hatch them, match them, and dispatch them. Rest In Peace Father Glenn
I remember welcoming him the whole school
Walked over singing "This is the Day" .
He touched many lives . I was in 5th or 6th grade
At St.Phillip Neri
I’ve known Glen since 3rd grade at St Matthews. I worked food booths at the track with him and helped do food for 15 years for his beast feast for ladies at Seeds of Hope. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around his loss. In a sentence, Glen loved God, loved people and loved life. It just doesn’t get any better than that. All will miss you, but there’s a whole lot of smiles in heaven.
I was 11 years old when I met Father O'Connor, after moving schools to St Philip Neri. The first week there, I remember Father O'Connor playing kickball with us at recess. For some reason he started chasing Steve Clegg around the parking lot until he caught him. He then tied Steve's feet behind his own head with his shoe laces. The whole time just laughing as hard as ever!
I got into a lot of trouble in school, but he was always trying to talk to me and was patient. He knew when to be firm though as well. After leaving St Philip, I ran into him at the Holy Spirit Festival about 25 years later. I was in police uniform and when he saw me he just cracked up laughing to tears, and started telling everyone around about how much trouble I got into in school. He ended it off with , "I know you'd make it, Michael!"
A few years later, I ended up going to St. Joseph's on Mickley to finally become confirmed (because it was closer to where I was living at the time). And to my astonishment, there he was, cracking up laughing again! I had no idea he had moved there. And so all those years later, he confirmed me into the Catholic Church.
In 2015 my family and I moved to Plainfield, and I hadn't gone to church for some time. So, to my astonishment once again, who was there at St. Susanna in Plainfield? And again, he cracked up laughing when he saw me, and gave me a big hug. He said something about "not letting me get away that easy"! LOL It was all so weird.
The last time I saw Father Glenn was this past October. He came to the house and had dinner with my wife and I. We laughed and talked about St. Philip and all of the people we could remember, and the Golden Ace St. Patty's Days. After telling me, "You need to get your butt back to church!", we hugged and I walked him out to his car. Before getting into his car, he looked at me with that toothy grin and squinty, twinkling eyes and said, "I knew you'd make it, Michael!" And then drove away. I had no idea he was even sick. I began feeling like God had Father Glenn following me around to keep reminding me how He is always there.
I will miss him.
The Kermon Family
Father Glenn was the best human being that God has ever made. He always thought of others first and made you feel great. He was such a great priest to my Mother who was very dedicated to her Catholic religion. Father Glenn will be missed by all. Rest is Peace.
In the short time I knew father Glenn he is very inspirational priest he will be missed truly my condolence to the family
I remember when Father O'Connor first came to St. Philip Neri. My first impression of him was that he was a very passionate priest. He really loved the children at SPN, and put his heart and soul in his work. Soar high Father Glenn, and I will see you on the other side. Hug my mom for me.
Sending our most heartfelt condolences to Father Glenn’s family.
I most recently became Catholic and Father Glenn was the best throughout the process. I will remember him most for his sense of humor!
It was a honor to have known Father Glenn.
Fr Glen was at st Gabriel in Connersville when my children were young,they all really liked him. Fr Glen was always there for needy of our parish, he could relate to the people more than any priest I have know. I pray for his soul that he may be heaven today.
Father Glenn was always so kind to my family and helped my daughter so much at Seeds of Hope. We think so much of him and his family. He will truly be missed.
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of all of us to our dear, life long friend and spiritual guide Father Glenn -- God Bless and Keep him. Thank the Lord for providing Glenn in our lives.
Bless and Keep us all until we are reunited --
To the O'Connor Family,
John knew Glenn at St Matthew's Parish when he was an altar boy. Later he came to MD and visited us at our home. We met him at the Indy track and he took us to the Pits. We are so sorry for the loss of a great priest and friend. The family will be in our prayers at this difficult time.
When Father Glenn reached Heaven's gate, I am sure he was greeted with, "A job well done my good and faithful servant." He was there for me each and every time I needed him when my Larry was so ill, as he was for so many people in their time of need. His joking ways will be missed by us all. R.I.P. Father Glenn
Father Glenn always managed to put a smile on my face. He helped me and my fellow RCIA candidates become full members of the Catholic Church in 2016. He was always a joy to be around and will forever be missed.
What an honest and good man you were. You always saw both sides of a discussion before making any judgments. You were always so kind and understanding especially when my daughter had surgery a few years ago. She was put in the Dan Weldon room at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital. You loved racing and that room brought you back special memories on that fateful day. Thank you so much for your kindness and being such a welcoming and loving priest. We will miss you. You have the best seat in the house watching all of the future Indy 500's with God beside you. Rest In Peace Father Glenn.
As I read some of the kind heart felt words of so many.. All I can imagine is, these stories are so much more than the huge impact Father Glenn O'Conner has had on my whole family. That itself is overwhelming in itself. RIH Father.
Warm Prayers Abundant to the O'Conner family
My family and I received so many blessings from Fr. Glenn. He inspired every one of us and was always there when we had any need. From St. Ann’s to St. Susanna he took care of our spiritual needs and was a friend as well. He was a shining example of a true Catholic Priest and his example will always be in our hearts. God Bless You Father and please keep an eye on us from your heavenly home. We all miss you terribly, already!
Mary Harris, Cindy and James Young, and Family
There was so much greatness in this wonderful humbled Father! I’m a kid who lived in 25 plus homes and went to roughly 18 schools before I turned 19. He was besides my mother & Grandmother Russell the most steady influence in my life! He was my priest in Saint Simon briefly, and was my priest in St Philip Neri when My mother was able to afford the chance to go there. SPN drew most of its kids in the worst areas on that near East side of Rural and Michigan Street.
Just a small sample of what I witnessed, Opeing up all Night basketball for us kids and keeping us off the streets from bad influences. Many of us playing tag or hide and seek in the dark School. Many of us boys staying a Friday night at the Priest Residents. He would have the fridge and sodas stocked, of course we would raid it. I’m sure he knew this because there was never a shortage of things that most of us couldn’t afford or have.
He gave us kids responsibility. He would take many Skying. But we would wash and wax the sky boat first!
He was very much a father figure to many of us kids with broken homes. He was the solid hope on Angels wings, Father Glenn lifted us all up on mountain tops and he shined for all of us like the sun! Gave us distinct direction for us to follow.
Many of our hearts broke Friday evening as we read the news on our FB pages. Thank you so much Father Glenn for being everything to many of us, by being your self through Christ.
A saddened me, Bill McCammon!
Padre Glenn made every Church he attended welcoming.
He humbly met everyone preicesely where they were on their journey with Christ.
He was always non-judgmental and made me want to be a better me.
Father Glenn was the one to confirm myself and my daughter into the Catholic faith. I never saw him without a smile on his face and he always had a kind word. He will be sadly missed and will ALWAYS be loved by myself and my family. R.I.H. Father Glenn
Father Glenn never ever met a stranger! And he was always quick with a comeback, no matter how hard you tried to "get even." There is so much that could be written about him. He was quick to tease, but also was equally compassionate to others. So long, Father Glenn, for now. Each time I bite into a dinner roll, I will remember you for your teasing!! Chris equally will remember your teasing about his long hair....so much that can be written....thanks to his siblings for your brother's always being there for people. Not only as our priest, but as a person. Our sincere condolences. And last of all, I can almost hear him saying, "What's going on....and enough with those tears -- rejoice and Believe in Eternal Life!"
50 years of friendship will have to hold me and my family until we meet again Glenn.
Glenn was such a rock of strength to so many - I wonder now, Who will pick up your baton?
God's blessings to all the family and friends who will miss him so very deeply.
This wonderful, never judgmental, humble man came into my life over 30 years ago. I think that if God were on earth, he would be Fr. Glenn O’Connor. Very simple, yet profound; very giving , but never looking for accolades; others first, himself, I am not sure he ever put himself first. My life, my family’s life (lives) are (were) better because of him. Like all that knew him, the stories are abundant, the stories all have love and laughter. Saint Mother Theresa of Calcutta believed that a person’s life should be better after spending time with you, I was ALWAYS better after spending one minute, one hour, one day with Fr. Glenn O’Connor.
While we all a sad, for ourselves, Fr. Glenn no longer in pain or suffering. God knew he has done his job here with all of us. It is now our responsibility to carry on his teachings that he so quietly taught us all. I have to believe that he will be as busy in heaven watching out over all he loved and cared about just as he was while here with us on earth. We are all now blessed with this amazing Irish angel who won’t let us down; he never did while with us. God “speed” to the Priest in the Pits, the pastor of parishes, the Chaplain of the Airport. Thank you, Fr. Glenn for just being you. I pray for all who mourn your loss. We will be forever changed because of you.
Father Glenn gave most of my family the sacraments, including Baptism, 1st Communion, Confirmation and Marriage. The "racing priest" will be missed by us all.
What a great man! He officiated at our wedding, even though Notre Dame was playing at the same time (he made a memorable joke about it during his homily). He baptized my younger daughter, which was a great day. He was the most approachable, friendly person! Loved his jokes...once I saw him when I was late in a pregnancy and he said "what happened? Did you swallow a basketball?" Always grateful for his influence in my life.
Father Glenn married me and my husband, nearly 25 years ago. Baptized our son and was my parish priest in grade school at St Philip Neri. I also belonged to his parish at St Ann’s. We absolutely adored him and he will be truly missed by everyone and anyone that knew him. All of my family’s love to his family.. God bless!!
Words cannot explain how amazing this man was. He was family to me. He knew me before I was born. Without him, I wouldn't of been adopted by my amazing family. He is and always will be my Godfather and my family. When I was in middle school, he told me to use humor to get through the day, when I was experiencing doubts. He was an amazing man. Words cannot explain how much this man impacted my life. Without him, I don't know where I would be in my life or how I would've turned out. On retreat he wrote me a letter, a letter I will always have with me. Father Glenn O'Connor wasn't just a priest, he was a welcoming man, with a big heart. He put others before himself and always made sure everyone was okay. I will never forget him. My prayers go out to his family, if you need anything I will be more than happy to help and be there.
To family and friends my deepest sympathies to you for the loss of your love one. Losing a loved one in death is very painful. May find comfort in the Scriptures found at John 5:28,29 where Jesus Christ promise that there's going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and unrighteous.
May the God of all comfort and tender mercies sustain you at this difficult time.
2 Corinthians 1:3,4
Father Glenn was a close family friend. He knew my Grandpa back when he was alive. He has officiated numerous close family friends weddings, and Baptisms as well as funerals. Father Glenn officiated my wedding, He also officiated my grandmothers funeral, as well as he had baptized my son. He would always give me a hard time (in a funny way) one memory was, when he baptized my son and we were all done, we were walking out of church and Father Glenn was behind me talking to my grandma and all of a sudden he kicked me in the butt and said I better see you in church. LOL As a kid I was always bored with church but we need a lot more Priests like Father Glenn and I know we will never have one like him again. People like him come once in a lifetime. He made mass fun! He bought life to it. Not the every Sunday by the book. Until we see you again. R.I.P. Father Glenn!
Sean, sorry for your loss. May God bless your extended family.
Father Glenn was one of my Dad's dearest friends.
I hope that they are up there swapping stories & laughing. It's been a long 40 years apart.
I'm privileged & honored to know this fella.
What a life he lived.
Rest in peace Father Glenn & John DeVries
Glenn was a fantastic childhood friend! I have great memories of fun times with him! So sad to see his passing so soon.
Father Glenn was a very important part of our "family". He was there for the baptisms of my children, marriages of my brother and nephew, death of my mother and a good friend to my 87 year old father. I can not say enough good things about this man of God. During the death of my mother he was my peace. He always treated everyone with such great respect and when you talked with him, you knew he cared. Heaven gained a saint!
He will be deeply missed by our family!
I will never forget how welcoming you were every time we visited from Erie, and the warm and compassionate way you treated Kristen and Drew after the death of Matt. May you forever be at peace with God. I will never forget you.
Father Glenn was one of the most amazing men I have ever met. He was loving, wonderful and always brought a smile to everyone's face. He was always there for me and my family - no matter what. He was an angel on Earth and I know he is an angel in heaven.
What a great priest, brother and friend. He got my chaplaincy position for me for those many years at IU Methodist and Riley Hospital. A true friend, and I offered my main Mass for him today, here in Texas. I will always remember him.
I always told Fr. Glenn if more priests were like him there would be more priests. He was such a faith filled soul.
Thank You God for letting us come to know your servant Glenn.
Perpetual light is shining upon him now.
Great Man Great Priest it was my pleasure to know Him Rest in peace Glenn
Fr. Glen was one of the most incredible people that I knew. I pray that I can be half the person he was. He was Jesus to all that he met with a great personality, he always had a smile and was filled with so much love for others! His work on earth was completed and now he rejoices in God’s presence!
A great priest, a great friend, and a great man to all.
We were blessed to have known you.
Leo Schafer & Family
Fr Glenn, was my classmate, friend, confidant andn confessor. He married my wife, THE IMMORTAL BELOVED and I . I for one, will miss his wise counsel that helped me through a number of very tough situations, including the death of my mother, brother and niece. Glenn became the Schafer Family Chaplin and we all will miss Glenn more than we can say.
Rest in Peace old friend. You earned it.
The best Pastor I ever had! I will miss you Father Glenn.
I’ve known Fr Glenn since 3rd grade at St Matthews School. He was rambunctious and quite the joker. He was my date to Junior Prom at Ladywood High School. Later when I worked as a nurse I would see him visiting people and he always stopped to say hi. His contacts in the Colts, Pacers and Speedway organizations helped me when I helped arrange functions for kids when I worked at Wishard Hospital for events like the 500 Children’s Festival and others. He had an infectiously positive attitude and loved everyone around him. I attended his Beast Feast that benefited his home for women. I will miss him. I know he has a fast pass to the front of the line at the Gates to Heaven. Thanks Glenn!
Father Glenn was awesome man and a very special man .He has been in my life for 15 years ..I don't know what we are going to do with out him . He is why I became Catholic. Every one in the world know him..He was always there for you when you needed him he baptized my mom and dad for they passed away.He baptized my son. He will be missed you rest in peace Father glen.
Dear O'Connor Family,
I am so sorry to hear for your loss brother. we have wonderful memory of childhood neighbor from Allisonville road residents. I was an USAC official pit exit at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in every May we had good visited. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers
Where does one begin to express such profound loss? He was the epitome of what a priest should be: servant and lover of our Church and all people. I will never forget you, Fr. Glenn, and I will pray for you every day for the rest of my life. Rest in the glory of God's presence, my friend.
Father Glenn was awesome man and a very special man .He has been in my life for 15 years ..I don't know what we are going to do with out him . He is why I became Catholic. Every one in the world know him..He was always there for you when you needed him he baptized my mom and dad for they passed away.He baptized my son. He will be missed you rest in peace Father glen.
Where do I start? Fr. Glenn was the most loving and compassionate man I have ever known. It was uncanny how he knew when I was having a problem. He would call out of the blue...I will never forget the last time I saw him, Kevin my husband was retiring and Gr. Glenn showed up bearing gift cards. I will always remember him, his laugh and his smile. The kindness that he shared and how he made each of who knew him feel as tho we were family. Thank you all for sharing him with us. Please be assured of prayers from the entire Schafer family. Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him forever...
A fascinating and joyful human being left this earth for heaven. I met Father Glenn O’Connor at my cousin’s wedding to Glenn’s brother Tom. He was the constant at family weddings, funerals, christenings and all celebrations. I did not know him well but every time I saw him he greeted me with a strong hug and a joyful smile. His laugh was infectious. He was instrumental in saving the Joan and Bob Sheehan home parish, St. Philip Neri, from closing. He was devoted to his priestly calling in the most holistic, wholistic and eclectic sense. Please send prayers for Father Glenn and his families! Rest In Peace, Father Glenn. You’ve taken the checkered flag to heaven and left this world a better place!❤️
Fr. Glenn was one of the kindest, gentlest souls on this earth! His infectious sense of humor and willingness to always lend a helping hand will forever be remembered and treasured. He was a dear family friend to the Cangany Family for many years. Heaven has acquired a magnificent angel. Our condolences to his family. — Chris Cangany
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