The unity shown by faith community and faith-based organizations in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing also is a highlight he will remember.
“It was one moment in history that we saw our city in a different light. We saw what our city could be if we all worked together. Oklahoma City is a stronger community for all of that,” he said.
He has been blessed most of all, he said, by what others — those who came to the agency for aid — have shared with him.
“Many of them have shared their faith in such a way that it has confirmed the good that I believe,” he said.
O'Connor, who has been married to wife Margaret for 40 years, said as a new retiree he planned to spend some time deciding how he could best be of service to the community. He said he has been so blessed that he wants to continue to serve in some way.
“I'm going to take some time to reflect and decompress and figure out how to use what I've learned to help others,” he said.
“I've been so blessed by the relationships and support that surrounded me at Catholic Charities that anything I can give back to the community — I want to do that.”