Ecclesiastical Advisor: Auxiliary Bishop of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, San Gabriel Pastoral region. He received a BA in Philosophy and English Literature from the University College Dublin in 1975, a Bachelor of Divinity from Maynooth College in 1977 and a Masters of Spirituality from Mount St. Mary's College in 1987. Since his ordination to the priesthood, he’s served as Associate Pastor at St. Raymond in Downey, St. Maria Goretti in Long Beach, and St. Hillary in Pico Rivera, and then as Pastor of St. Frances X. Cabrini, Ascension Catholic Church, St. Eugene and St. Michael Parishes. He also served as a member of the Priest Pension Board, and currently serves on the Together in Mission Board as well as the Archdiocesan Finance Council, and continues to be a long-time member of the Council of Priests. He is a Knight of Peter Claver. He was and is involved deeply in working on behalf of immigrants and the most vulnerable. His community work in the area infiltrated by gangs and poverty as well as involvement with Charismatic renewal efforts puts Bishop O'Connell at the forefront of leadership in the areas of new evangelization.