In the final moments of his life, Bishop David O’Connell was not alone, but rather welcomed into heaven by those he loved most.
That is the firm belief of Msgr. Timothy Dyer, the late bishop’s friend who delivered the homily at a March 1 memorial Mass at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Hacienda Heights.
“When the bullets were being fired, Christ was looking at Dave right in the eyes and he said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant,’ ” said Msgr. Dyer, pastor of St. Patrick Church in South Los Angeles. “I’ve prepared a place for you in the Father’s house.”
Clapping erupted before Dyer could even finish.