The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Catholic Church, and for that matter the whole world is mourning the loss of a great man: Bishop David O’Connell. If you haven’t heard of him or of his tragic death, allow me to give you a brief description, understanding I never knew or even heard of Bishop Dave before his death.
Known as a passionate lover of the homeless, sexually abused, and a man of peace and deep compassion, Bishop Dave loved to walk the streets of Los Angeles at night to minister to all different types of people. You can only imagine what and who he might have encountered. Both social progressives and conservatives embraced this man. This is an incredible accomplishment in this society that is so deeply divided. He was able to meet virtually anyone where they were at in life with deep love and compassion, again another unique gift. He was trusted by gang members, as well as local crime fighters. It seems to me he was the face of Christ to so very many.
Initially believing Bishop Dave died in his sleep, police easily determined he was murdered. The suspect is his housekeeper’s husband, who apparently was heavily under the influence of drugs when he committed the crime. He was arrested the day following the tragic killing of Bishop Dave.
If you have a chance, read some of the articles written about him. I believe you will find as I did that Bishop Dave was a “one of a kind” man. He had the correct calling, and lived his call to the very fullest. Please pray for the repose of his soul, as well as for all those who depended on him for guidance. May God welcome him to paradise!
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