The Reverend John J. Morris, Served 27 Years At OLL


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The Reverend John J. Morris, 89, of Virginia Beach, Va. passed away on April 19, 2020 of natural causes. He was born in Roseland, N.J. on March 5, 1931 to John and Dorothy Morris.

Father Morris was a graduate of Montclair State University Class of 1952 and Seton Hall University 1956 for seminary studies and ordained as a priest on May 29, 1960. Father Morris served his country in the United States Navy as a Reserve Component chaplain for nearly 14 years. He served Our Lady of the Lake Church in Verona for more than 27 years, first as parochial vicar before being appointed administrator. His last posting was as the chaplain at NSA Northwest Annex Chapel in Chesapeake, Va.

Father Morris was a resident of Marian Manor in Virginia Beach where he continued serving as chaplain for the last three years.

He was uniquely qualified to be great a son, brother and uncle but no one more qualified to represent godliness and promote the Lord’s Word.

Father Morris is survived by a niece, Darcie Loraine Mager; three nephews, Ronald William Dressel, David Joseph Dressel and Dennis Patrick Dressel; along with nine grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Dorothea Therese Dressel.

Private interment services were held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. A memorial Mass will be offered at a later date. Condolences may be left at

Memorial donations may be made to the Marian Manor Resident Council Employee Fund, ATTN: Desiree Mitchell, 5345 Marian Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 2346

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