Brother Andrew Lawlor, OMI

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Brother Andrew Lawlor, OMI, 75, died on Friday, October 28, 2022, in Belleville, IL.

Br. Andy was born in Tullamore, Offaly, Ireland on October 15, 1947, to the late John and Ester, nee Hayes, Lawlor.

He made his First Vows as a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate in 1995 at the Oblate Novitiate in Godfrey, IL and his Perpetual Vows at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in 2001.

His ministry included ministering at St. Henry Oblate Community and assisting the late Br. Francis Sullivan, OMI with Victorious Missionaries.  He was a member of staff at Holy Angels Parish in Buffalo, New York, Immaculata Retreat House in Willimantic, CT and at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.  He loved the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and resided at the Benedictine Living Community, at the time of his death.

Br. Andy loved to represent St. Patrick each year in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade held in downtown Belleville.  He was passionate about helping someone in need including elder Oblates with errands and seeing that they made it to and from doctor appointments.

Br. Lawlor was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ester, nee Hayes, Lawlor.

He is survived by his brother, Sean Lawlor of Offaly, Ireland; his sisters, Nora Fenlon and Marie White of Offaly, Ireland, and Ann Robinette; many nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and great-nephews; and friends and Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.  He also left behind his beloved Support Animal, Paddy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate USA, 9480 North DeMazenod Drive, Belleville, IL 62223. Condolences may be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 12, 2022, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

 Funeral: A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 12, 2022, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 442 South DeMazenod Drive, Belleville, IL.

Burial of cremated remains will be in his native Ireland at a later date.


9 Comments on Brother Andrew Lawlor, OMI

Kurt Stang said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2023 at 9:22 PM

Brother Andrew loved to go for walks on the beautiful noviciate grounds at Godfrey Illinois. He enjoyed telling stories of his much beloved homeland which made it easy to appreciate Ireland as having a landscape rich in natural beauty and inhabited by people of rich faith. His ashes, now on home land, speak of a humble man who easily shared his human story with those around him - a human story obviously blessed by the risen Christ. We miss you Brother Andrew. May we be consoled by Christian faith that shone through your life on earth.

  • Saskatoon
  • Saskatchewan
Dottie Snyder said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2022 at 2:19 PM

RIP Br. Andy. Such a sweet man. Enjoyed working for you for several years, such a character in a fun loving way. God Bless You

  • Sauget
  • Illinois
Patrick Hume said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2022 at 4:20 PM

Brother Andy, Your presence will be missed, by all the members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, not only at the St. Patrick’s Day parade; where you lit up the parade route, the crowds enjoyed seeing you make your way down the street, but also at the hosting of the Irish tricolour 🇮🇪. You were a fixture at both. I enjoy our conversations when we met. May the God of daily resurrections bless you

  • Belleville
  • Il.
roger klucker said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2022 at 8:44 AM

Good Guy Best Friend will miss him.....Peace to all who knew him ........

  • swansea
  • il
Michael Tembo said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2022 at 11:08 PM

My dear friend and brother, I thank God for allowing us to meet. You indeed had a great heart like St. Eugene De Mazenod. You surely took good care of me while in the am USA as a Novice and years later as a Scholastics. We had good moments of sharing Eucharist and meals at Shrine Community and outside. Your death indeed is a loss to me and my Children and Wife. We love you even in death.

  • Lusaka
  • Lusaka
Donna Wolf said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2022 at 9:03 PM

I know your soul flew over your beloved Ireland on its way to Heaven. You will truly be missed here on earth. It was a pleasure working for you and becoming your friend. Godspeed.

  • New Athens
  • IL
roger klucker said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2022 at 6:20 PM

Great Friend he will be missed in my life.....Peace and Love to all.....

  • swansea
  • il
Lori said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2022 at 11:43 AM

You will be deeply missed my Friend! I looked forward to you and Paddy coming for visits and always opening your door for a visit from me. You had a passionate heart and Love for our Lord Jesus. Rest in Peace Dear Friend - Until We Meet Again.

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Fe Rosario Strother said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2022 at 10:11 AM

Thank you for our beautiful friendship, we will miss you, rest in Peace Bro Andy, until we meet again, my heartfelt condolences to the Lawlor family Lost a friend gain an angel

  • St Louis
  • Missouri

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