It has been six years since Anabel Rodriguez, principal of St. Michael’s School in South Los Angeles, spoke for a video tribute to her former pastor, Auxiliary Bishop David G. O’Connell, with words that now seem grievously prophetic.
“We miss you. We wish you would still be here,” she said when the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Los Angeles awarded him the Gold Medallion of Merit in 2017. “This will always be your house.”
The video, produced by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Digital Team, illustrates many of the themes of Bishop O’Connell’s ministry being lauded since his Feb. 18 death.