Brother Bernard Joseph of Christ Crucified, OCD
May 12, 1940 - September 15, 2018
Brother Bernard Joseph (Nicholas Edward Louis O'Neill) was born in Newcastle, New Brunswick, Canada on May 12, 1940. His parents were Mr. Louis Everett O'Neill and Mrs. Marie Josephine Murdock, both deceased. He was baptized at St. Mary's Church, Newcastle on May 26, 1940. Mr. Nicholas O'Neill decided to join the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Oklahoma Province of St. Therese and entered the postulancy in1982. He entered the novitiate on July 15, 1982 taking the religious name of Brother Bernard Joseph of Christ Crucified. Brother Bernard made his simple profession on July 16, 1983 and made his solemn profession on July 16, 1988. Brother Bernard Joseph spent 16 years altogether at Marylake Monastery in Little Rock, Arkansas. The last few years, Brother Bernard lived in St. Francis Village in Crowley, TX and St. Joseph's Residence in Dallas, TX where he died on Saturday, September 15, 2018.
Brother Bernard had five sisters: Mrs. Marilyn Gallant, Peggy Boem (deceased), Betsy Smith, Heather Crawford (deceased), and Colleen O'Neill, and five brothers: Robert (deceased), John, Donald, Michael and Patty. Brother Bernard is survived by numerous nephews and nieces.