Bishop David O’Connell was such a humble and giving man. I was joined on the 2017 Immigration Reform
Walk [that began at Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church and ended at Christ Cathedral] by a friend who was staying on the perimeter of the group. He sought her out and asked her to join him. She said, “Oh, I’m not Catholic. I’m just here to support immigration reform.” And he said, “That’s alright, God is here for everyone. This is about being united for a good cause.”
She always remembers how warm and welcoming the bishop was. And is considering becoming Catholic! He set an example of how we should all be, for the other.
—Lily Nguyen Ellis, parishioner of Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church, Lake Forest