Mark O'Connell (bishop)
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Mark O'Connell Bishop

Mark William O'Connell
Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
Titular Bishop of Gigthi
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
AppointedJune 3, 2016
InstalledAugust 24, 2016
Other postsTitular Bishop of Gigthi
OrdinationJune 16, 1990
ConsecrationAugust 24, 2016
by Seán Patrick O'Malley, Walter James Edyvean, and Peter J. Uglietto
Personal details
Born (1964-06-25) June 25, 1964 (age 56)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DenominationRoman Catholic
Styles of
Mark William O'Connell
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Mark William O'Connell (born June 25, 1964) is an American Roman Catholic bishop.

As of 2016, he is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston for the North region of the archdiocese.

Life and career

Mark O'Connell was born in Toronto, Ontario on June 25, 1964[1] to Thomas F. and Margaret M. (Delaney) O'Connell, both American citizens. His father Thomas was a University Librarian at York University and later at Boston College. The family returned to Massachusetts when Mark O'Connell was aged 12. He graduated from Dover-Sherborn High School in 1982.[2]

O'Connell earned the B.A. degree in English and philosophy at Boston College in 1986[3] and studied for the priesthood at Saint John's Seminary, Boston. He was ordained as a priest on June 16, 1990.[1][2] He served in parishes in Woburn and Danvers and as a college chaplain at Salem State College. He undertook studies in canon law starting in 1997 at the Pontifical Athenaeum of the Holy Cross in Rome, completing the licentiate degree in 1999 and the doctorate in 2002.[2] O'Connell's dissertation bore the title The Mobility of Secular Clerics and Incardination.[4] He joined the canonical affairs staff of the archdiocese in 2001[5] and was appointed Judicial Vicar in 2007.[6]

From 2009-12, he served as a senior consultor to the Canon Law Society of America.[7] He has also served on the faculty of Saint John's Seminary and Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary.[2] From 2011 to 2014, he was one of several regular co-hosts on the daily radio program The Good Catholic Life, broadcast on the Catholic radio station WQOM 1060AM in Boston.[8]

Auxiliary Bishop of Boston

On June 3, 2016, Pope Francis appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Boston and Titular Bishop of Gigthi in Tripolitana.[1][6] He was consecrated on August 24, 2016 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston by Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Bishop Mark William O'Connell". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop-elect O'Connell biography". The Pilot. June 3, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Mark O'Connell '86". Boston College. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ Mark William O'Connell (2002). The Mobility of Secular Clerics and Incardination. Universita della Santa Croce. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Pope Francis names two new bishops for Boston". The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Massachusetts. June 3, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ a b Rocco Palmo (June 3, 2016). "Bishop Sheen, Meet Bishop Reed - Pope Taps CatholicTV Titan, Tribunal Chief as Boston Auxes". Whispers in the Loggia. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Very Rev. Mark O'Connell, J.C.D." Canon Law Society of America. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Fr. Mark O'Connell, co-host of The Good Catholic Life". The Good Catholic Life. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Leah Dearborn (August 24, 2016). "Swampscott native ordained bishop [sic]". Retrieved 2016.

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