Thursday, June 12, 2014
The family of Cardinal John O'Connor has recently made a stunning discovery - the New York archbishop's mother was born Jewish, and her family is buried in a Jewish cemetery in Connecticut
O'Connor, archbishop of New York from 1984 until he died in 2000, had a brother and two sisters. One of those sisters, Mary O'Connor Ward, recently wrote a column for Catholic New York, explaining the revelation about her family. "It was a surprise I never expected," she wrote. She said that, according to Jewish tradition, her mother being Jewish means that she and her siblings are too. O'Connor Ward, who is 87 and lives near Philadelphia, said that she stumbled upon the information while researching her ancestry, and found that her grandparents were buried in the Jewish cemetery in Fairfield.