Fr Michael C.A. (“Mick”) O’Neill was born 12/15/40 in County Wexford, Ireland, second oldest of four children. Elementary schooling took place in the local National school; secondary education followed in St Michael’s College, County Louth, a boarding school operated by the Rosminian Fathers. He entered the Rosminian Novitiate in 1957 and after two years was sent to University College in Cork to study for B.A. and Higher Diploma in Education. Final profession of vows in the Rosminian Institute took place in 1962. After three years of teaching/discipline in St Michael’s College, he proceeded to the Rosminian International Seminary, Porta Latina, Rome, to complete his priestly studies.
Fr Mick was ordained priest by Cardinal John Wright of Pittsburgh in Rome, February 20th,1970. For the next 11 years, he was involved in teaching and discipline, both in St Joseph’s Blind School, Dublin, and in St Michael’s College, his old alma mater. A sabbatical year followed in 1981/82, after which he was assigned to directorship of St Joseph’s Blind School in Dublin until summer 1989. Thereafter began his various assignments overseas; to Sacred Heart Parish, Bradenton, Fl. (89-91), Rosminian Spirituality Center, Peoria Il (91-93), master of seminarians, Porta Latina, Rome 93-95), back to Sacred Heart, Bradenton Fl (95-98). Summer 98 saw him once more back home as pastor of St Oliver’s Parish ,Clonmel, County Tipperary.
After 2 years he experienced some health problems that forced him into treatment and temporary leave-of-absence for a full year. And now, restored to health and vigor, he joins the pastoral team at St Francis of Assisi Parish, Seffner, Fl for the foreseeable future…..”praise God from whom all blessings flow!”