Rev. Patrick T. O’Connor, OSFS
July 29, 1989
January 27, 1996
May 31, 1997
Faculty, Bishop Ireton High School, Bishop Verot High School; Parochial Vicar, St. John Neumann, St. Brendan the Navigator, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Ann; Administrator, Mision Jesus Obrero
Pastor – Jesus the Worker Parish (Jesus Obrero) – Diocese of Venice
What living person most reflects the joy of the Gospel for you?
Pope Francis is a Jesuit who chose the name of St. Francis of Assisi. Some have said he pastorally resembles St. Francis de Sales. What is Salesian about Pope Francis?
He is gentle, open hearted, humble and offers a challenge of love to the world by his own example of life. He shares hope and joy to a suffering world and invites others to do so. He receives all who come.
What is your favorite dimension of being an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
Being part of a group of men who embrace the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales and live profoundly the gospel message.
How do you think Salesian gentleness can make a difference in the world?
The world is a violent and unjust place at times. Gentleness is the opposite virtue, which when practiced, I believe, heals hearts, brings forgiveness and offers an alternative to responding with violence and injustice in turn.
What is the most recent book you read? Would you recommend it?
The Violence of Love by Oscar Romero. The thoughts assist me in my preaching and teaching. Working with immigrants who are often taken advantage of. It provides a moral and faith framework for teaching them to stand up for what is right.
Name an Oblate who taught you an important lesson that has remained with you. What did he teach you?
Fr. Tom Hagan – Jesus is found in uniting our lives with the poor and needy.
What advice could you give to a young person interested in religious life?
Come and see. Listen to your heart and the voice of God, not the world. You may discover your destiny and your happiness in following the invitation of the Lord.
How do you think religius life serves the church and world in a way that is unique from our brothers and sisters who are single, married, or diocesan priests? There is a depth of spirituality imbued in the hearts and minds of religious and there is an experience and expression of the Christian life shared by religious that is deeper, richer and fuller I believe, that enriches the church and the lives of those who come into contact with them.