Bishop O’Connell’s Legacy: ‘He Brought Us All Closer Together’

There was an instance at the March 2 memorial Mass for Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell that Gregory Warner realized wouldn’t have happened in years past: the Knights of Peter Claver and the Knights of Columbus came together as an honor guard for the casket. 

Bishop O’Connell’s Work Is Not Done, Nephew Says At Funeral Mass

Speaking to more than 3,500 people gathered for the funeral Mass of Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell, his nephew, also David O’Connell, took the opportunity to urge everybody to “pick up where he left off and to carry the example that he set” of compassion and caring.

L.A. Singer Honors Her Friend, ‘Father Dave,’ In Song

“You were the light, peacemaker, and the joy of God.” That is how Catholic singer/songwriter Andrea Vicich remembers her good friend “Father Dave,” or as he’s more commonly known, Bishop David O’Connell, in a song she wrote and published in honor of the late Los Angeles auxiliary bishop. 

Bishop O’Connell Murder Suspect Confesses, Funeral Plans Announced

The suspect in the case, Carlos Medina, the husband of Bishop O’Connell’s housekeeper, has since admitted to murder, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón. He has been charged with one count of murder and a “special allegation” that he personally used a firearm.

Suspect Charged with Murder in Bishop O’Connell’s Death

Carlos Medina, the man accused of killing Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell of Los Angeles, was formally charged Wednesday with one count of murder and a gun charge by Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.