Deacon Al O’Brien has a B.S. degree from Suffolk University in Boston , MA . and an M. A. in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Ct. Ordained to the diaconate in 1984, he began serving at Christ the Good Shepherd in Spring, TX. In 1988 Deacon Al began 2 years of service as Pastoral Minister at Covenant House Texas, followed by course study and service as Chaplain at Ben Taub Hospital. He then served for 6 years at the TX Department of Criminal Justice Stiles Unit in Beaumont, TX.
Deacon Al then became Director of Criminal Justice Ministry for the Diocese of Beaumont in 1999, before returning to Galveston-Houston in 2005 at St. Martha’s Parish in Kingwood where he continues his ministry to offenders on Death Row in Texas . He and his wife, Pat, have been blessed with 5 children and 5 grandchildren.