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Bishop O'Neill passes away

Bishop O'Neill Bishop O'Neill

The Rockford Diocese's longest-serving bishop has passed away.

The Most Reverend Arthur J. O'Neill, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, died at his residence in Presence Cor Mariae on Saturday, April 27, at the age of 95.

He was appointed Bishop on August 19, 1968, and served until his retirement on April 19, 1994. He recently celebrated his 70th anniversary as a priest and was the first native of the diocese to serve as its bishop.

Funeral arrangements are currently pending and will be available at once they are completed.

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