1805 – 1884 (October 24)
Brother James was born in November, 1805, in County Tipperary, Ireland, the son of Cornelius O’Brien and Catherine Mullaly. He was vested at Villanova in 1845 together with Brothers Joseph Whittendale and Philip Shea, and was professed with them on September 8, 1852, before Father William Harnett.
Brother James was remembered as a very prayerful man who, in his spare time, could usually be found in church. He was not given much to conversations or to large gatherings. He died the afternoon of Friday, October 24, 1884, of a heart condition at the age of 79. Brother James was buried at Villanova in the community cemetery, on Sunday, October 26, 1884.