Father Brian O'Brien Endowed Fund

"GOOOOOOOOD MORNING, BISHOP KELLEY!"

Anyone who attended Bishop Kelley from 1998 to 2002 knows that was the way one of our youngest teachers, Brian O’Brien, began the daily all-school announcements. He managed to turn a mundane task into a part of the day everyone looked forward to.

Father O’Brien originally came to Bishop Kelley in 1998 through Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education and quickly won the hearts of our students and faculty. In 2000, after only two years at Bishop Kelley, he received BK's highest faculty honor, the St. John Baptist De La Salle Award.

In 2002, we said goodbye to the popular Bible and Government teacher as he began five years of study at Saint Meinrad Seminary in preparation for the priesthood. While we were excited for his future and for the Church, it was hard to lose a beloved teacher who, even then, was one of Bishop Kelley’s chief cheerleaders. 

On May 26, 2007, Father O’Brien was ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Tulsa, officially returning to Bishop Kelley as our part-time Chaplain the following August. Very soon, Father O’Brien will celebrate the tenth anniversary of his ordination. 

In honor of this anniversary, the BK Advisory Council surprised Father O’Brien earlier this week with a new endowment fund named in his honor. Collectively, the Council members contributed $25,000!

The Father Brian O’Brien Endowed Fund for Tuition Assistance is a great way for the BK community to celebrate Father O’Brien’s priesthood while supporting BK families with financial need. Earnings from the fund will provide tuition assistance for families who would not be able to send their students to Bishop Kelley without the support of the wider community.

We can’t think of a better way to honor a man who has given so much to education and to the Church through his vocation. We know many in the Bishop Kelley community will want to participate in this fund to honor Father O’Brien’s devotion to our students, as well as to help make a Bishop Kelley education possible for more families. It is our goal to provide more than $800,000 in financial aid in the coming year, but that still won’t meet the demonstrated need. That need for financial aid will only grow in future years and this new fund will help us beginning with the 2018/2019 school year after being invested and generating earnings for one year. If you would like to join us in honoring Father O’Brien in this way, gifts can be made online, or mailed to:

Bishop Kelley Advancement Office
3905 S. Hudson Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74135-5699

Please contact the Director of Advancement, Doug Thomas, at 918-609-7115 if you would like more information.