This story is part of a series featured in a commemorative issue honoring Bishop David O’Connell. Read more stories at the Bishop Dave Commemorative Issue web page.
Most of the stories of Bishop David O’Connell touching the lives of immigrant families and children have never been told publicly — perhaps because there are too many of them. But in the weeks since O’Connell’s Feb. 18 murder at his home in Hacienda Heights, the world has heard plenty of new ones.
An immigrant family reunited after being separated at the border; unaccompanied minors stranded in a foreign place receiving free tuition to Catholic schools; homeless immigrants suddenly finding a safe place to stay.
Bishop O’Connell often made it a three- or four-step process, showing how one act of outreach led to another.