I knew him as CAPT John O'Connor, USN, senior chaplain at the U.S. Naval Academy. He met with the new 4/c midshipmen early in Plebe Summer to explain religious programs available to all faiths (last partial year of mandatory chapel). He was a calming presence for a bunch of Plebes facing a year of constant pressure and testing. He convinced me to join the Plebe choir for the summer, and then one of the Protestant church choirs for the academic year. One hour of practice during the week in the cool chapel with our jumpers removed to fight the summer heat, and old Prof. Gilley directing. A blissful hour and no upperclassmen to harass you! And then Sunday mornings where coffee and cookies were set up in John Paul Jones’ crypt for us to munch after our warm up and before the service. I stayed with choir for all four years. One of my roommates is Catholic; he attended Mass every day without fail, Plebe thru Firstie years. Chaplain O'Connor was a persuasive man and a good salesman for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Thank you for sharing your personal testimonial. He was a tremendous witness for Christ.
posted on 06/07/2014 9:20:49 PM PDT
("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
Your experience sounds wonderful!
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