Congregation of Holy Cross
United States Province of Priests and Brothers
Notre Dame, Indiana
Elected the provincial superior in June 2012, Fr. O'Hara is the first elected provincial superior since the Eastern Province merged into the Indiana Province forming the United States Province of Priests and Brothers (July 2011). As provincial Fr. O'Hara oversees the work and welfare of more than 500 priests, brothers and seminarians in the U.S. Province.
Before becoming provincial superior, Fr. O'Hara served as the eighth President of King's College in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania. He was the first King's alumnus to be named President, as well as its second-longest serving President. At King's, he previously held positions as assistant professor of political science (1988-1994) and associate vice president for academic affairs (1996-1999).
A 1971 graduate of King's College with a bachelor's in political science, Fr. O'Hara received his master's in theology from The University of Notre Dame in 1977 and his doctorate in political science from The American University in Washington, D.C., in 1988. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1978.
Prior to his academic appointment at King's, Father O'Hara assisted in relief work with the Missionary Sisters of Charity, the religious community of the late Mother Teresa, in Dacca, Bangladesh, where he also was professor of English at Notre Dame College in Bangladesh. He served as professor of political science at the Philosophical Centre of Jinja in Uganda, and served as a parish priest in inner city Brooklyn, New York.
Among his many awards, Fr. O'Hara was presented an honorary degree by The University of Scranton (Pa.) in 2008 and the University of Portland (Ore.) in 2012. He also was awarded the Exemplar Award from the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association, the New York State Award for Dedication to Youth (1982) and the King's College All College Award for Faculty (1992) and Administrators (1998).