Archbishop Nelson J. Perez

Archbishop Nelson J. Perez released the following statement Friday, March 13 on the shooting death of a Philadelphia Police officer, Corporal James O’Connor, 46, early Friday in the line of duty.


“I was deeply saddened this morning to learn that SWAT Corporal James O’Connor of the Philadelphia Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty.  In the name of the people of the Archdiocese, I extend my condolences to Corporal O’Connor’s family and friends as they mourn this tragic loss. My heartfelt sympathy also goes out to Commissioner Outlaw and the faithful men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department as they cope with the death of a brother in blue.

“Each day, the members of our law enforcement community put their lives on the line to protect and serve all of us. We owe them a debt of gratitude.

“This moment is one of deep mourning for the entire City of Philadelphia and the broader metropolitan region. I have asked the priests, deacons, religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese to join me praying for the soul of Corporal O’Connor, for the consolation and peace of his family, and for all those are suffering as a result of his death. May the Lord pour His mercy upon them and hold them in His loving embrace.”