Fr. O’Rourke

By Jeff Kurowski | The Compass | February 25, 2010

The visitation for Fr. Mike O’Rourke begins today, and the funeral Mass will be celebrated tomorrow. Although I didn’t know him well, I will fondly remember Fr. O’Rourke, pastor at St. Mary Parish in Appleton. I spoke with him on a couple of occasions for stories and found his approach refreshing. Some priests are hesitant to comment on certain issues. Fr. O’Rourke was open and honest on all subjects. He understood the role of the media and felt a responsibility to share his views as a church leader. I recall how candid he was in addressing the sexual abuse scandal. His comments were affirming for anyone questioning the church during such a difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family, friends and parishioners. My experiences with Fr. O’Rourke were limited, but  memorable. He will be truly missed.

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