During his seven years as auxiliary bishop in Los Angeles, Bishop David G. O’Connell made many friends — and a strong impression — among his brother bishops.
The native of County Cork, Ireland was one of three priests named auxiliary bishops for Los Angeles by Pope Francis in July 2015. The pope was known to refer privately to O’Connell, Chicago-born media evangelist Father Robert Barron, and LA priest Msgr. Joseph Brennan as “Archbishop Gomez’s triplets.”
In his often emotional remarks about Bishop O’Connell in the days since his Feb. 18 murder, LA Archbishop José H. Gomez has described him as “a man who loved Jesus Christ, and gave his whole life to following Jesus, to being his friend, and to helping others to find Jesus.”