John J. O’Brien was appointed Episcopal Delegate for Cemeteries and Insurance by the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI, D.D., Bishop of Hamilton on January 1, 2014.
He served as the Business Administrator of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton 1999 to 2013 and Director of The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Hamilton from 1987 to 2013. He served on the Board of the Catholic Cemetery Conference, Chicago, Illinois from 1993-2006, including a term as President from 2002-2004. He is currently President of the Ontario Catholic Cemetery Conference serving the Catholic Bishops of Ontario. Since 1999, he has served on the Insurance Management Board of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario. He served as President of Catholic Umbrella Pool II (CUP II), a reinsurance investment pool forming part of the Catholic Mutual Group of Omaha, Nebraska from April 2014 to April 2016. In July of 2014, he became one of the incorporating Directors of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario. He served a three-year term as a member of the Board and Treasurer of Catholic Missions in Canada (2004), and ten years as a Trustee of St. Joseph’s Villa (2003), a 428-bed Long Term Care Facility, located in Dundas, Ontario. In September of 2016, he was appointed to the Board of Carpenter Hospice, a ten-bed hospice located in Burlington, Ontario. Mr. O’Brien is the third generation of his family to be actively involved in Catholic cemetery management.