February 24, 2023

Message of condolence from Archbishop Thompson to Archbishop José H. Gomez

Dear Archbishop Gomez:

Peace in Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

On behalf of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, I express deepest sympathy and assurance of prayer for you and the good people throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as you grieve the tragic death of Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell. No doubt, such a horrendous act stirs up much emotion and triggers many questions.

Please be assured of our thoughts with you in this very difficult time as well as in the days, weeks and months ahead while dealing with the impact of this tragedy. Our prayers are especially offered for the mending of wounds, the healing of hearts, the rendering of justice tempered with mercy, and the reconciliation of all involved. May Bishop David, a good and faithful servant, enjoy eternal peace gazing on the face of God. May the Holy Spirit console you and all those who mourn in abundance of faith and hope.

Entrusting you and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I remain

Fraternally yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson
Archbishop of Indianapolis

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