The Bishop O’Connell that I knew

My heart is still in mourning for Bishop Dave. I knew him when I was the director of Faith Formation at St. Andrew Church in Pasadena, and my family has many wonderful memories of him. 

What I will always remember is Bishop Dave’s great respect for all those who serve in our ministries. He always made a point to thank us, and cheer us up with a joke when we were weary or discouraged. He inspired our discipline, gave us hope, and appreciated the work we do. 

I will also miss seeing Bishop Dave smiling and spending time with our children, especially teens. He always reminded them of the immense love that Mary has for them, and how much Jesus wants to be present in their lives. He would share personal stories of overcoming challenges, and how, through prayer, one can truly experience the healing power and peace of Jesus. 

We still pray the prayer he taught us: “Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I adore you. Jesus, come into my heart,” on our way to school every morning! 

— Isabel Spillane, Eagle, ID

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