John O'Connor (priest)

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This article is about the Yorkshire Priest. For former archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, see John Cardinal O'Connor.
For other people named John O'Connor, see John O'Connor (disambiguation).

Father John O'Connor (1870 - 1952), a Roman Catholic parish priest in Bradford, Yorkshire, was the basis of G. K. Chesterton's fictional detective Father Brown. O'Connor was instrumental in Chesterton's conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1922. He also received the poet and painter David Jones into the Church in 1921, and was associated with Eric Gill and The Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic, at Ditchling.

  • Photographs of John O'Connor
  • Papers of Fr. John O'Connor, model for G.K. Chesterton's fictional character Father Brown