Subscribe To our E-Newsletter
Former Archbishop of New York Determined to Be Jewish
It turns out that Cardinal John J. O'Connor, the former Catholic archbishop of New York, is Jewish, according to research conducted by his Ridley Park-based younger sister.
Several media have reported that Mary O'Connor Ward-Donegan, 87, began researching the family roots after her daughter made an interesting discovery that Gustav Gumpel, Ward-Donegan's grandfather, was a Prussian immigrant who was buried in a Jewish cemetery in Fairfield, Conn., owned by the Bridgeport synagogue B'nai Israel.
Further investigation via the family-tree tracing service Ancestry.com revealed that Gumpel's wife, whose maiden name appeared to be Tina Ruben, was born Jewish.
As Jewish ancestry is passed down through matriarchal lineage, Ward-Donegan and her reknowned older brother, are considered Jewish under Jewish law.
For more details on the story, click here.