Father David O’Connor serves as Pastor of St. Mary Basilica and Assumption Parishes in Natchez, MS. Father O’Connor graduated from St. Patrick’s Seminary in Tipperary, Ireland. He received an M.A. from the University of Mississippi, Studied Liturgy at Catholic University, in Washington, D.C., and earned a Doctorate in Ministry from Emory University with the focus: Organizational Dynamics and Leadership Development in Church Systems. In addition, Father O’Connor has studied the Principles and Practices of Fund Raising at Omaha and New Orleans.
Father O’Connor has served the Diocese of Jackson, MS, since the civil rights era. He has served the parishes of Meridian, Bay St. Louis, Oxford, St. Mary’s in Jackson, Greenwood, and Natchez. He served as Vocations Director, Campus Minister at Ole Miss, Director of Pastoral Services for the Diocese, and Vice-Principal and Director of Development for St. Joseph School in Madison, MS. He also ministered in his home diocese of Limerick, Ireland from 1992-1999 as Pastor, College Theology Instructor, Director of High School Retreats and Pastoral Council formation. He has served as a consultant for Locus Benedictus since its beginnings.