two blocks away, and a broken physically and spiritually, St. Patrick's. His predecessor, Father
Hilary Tucker, had even gone so far as to request a leave of absence from the Bishop spending less than a year at St Patrick’s. He claimed illness, but recovered miraculously once removed. Rather than counting on the negatives, Father John focused on the positive factors he had going for him. Now that many of the dissenters were either at St. Peter's or St. Mary's, the Irish who were coming to St. Patrick's were looking for leadership. They found that in Father John O'Brien and his older brother who was to join him in 1851, Father Timothy O'Brien. It was through their combined talents that the growing Irish numbers would find identity in Lowell.