I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the murder of Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell of Los Angeles this weekend.
On behalf of the entire Church in Philadelphia, I extend prayerful condolences to Bishop O’Connell’s family and many friends as well as Archbishop José Gomez and the priests, religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Bishop O’Connell was beloved by those he served as a parish priest and bishop for many decades and was best known for his work to promote peace and transform lives in South Los Angeles. I pray that his example of selfless dedication to those in needs will inspire others to share the love of Christ generously in the world around them.
May God grant Bishop O’Connell the gift of eternal life and console all those who loved, admired, and respected him.
Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, D.D.
Archbishop of Philadelphia
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