Remembering Brother Xavier O’Neill

Brother Xavier’s work touched countless lives, spanned the generations and took him around the globe. He cared for newborn infants, the sick & dying, and everyone in between. Born Donald Arthur O’Neill in Wyandotte, Mich., one of seven children, he joined the Brothers of Mercy after graduating from high school without ever visiting the community. He professed his first vows on Sept. 8, 1945, and his final vows on Sept. 8, 1951. He studied at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, becoming a registered nurse and later a certified registered nurse anesthetist, which he considered to be his proudest accomplishments.