Mr. O’Connor

I have been so blessed to serve as the Vice Principal and Middle School Theology Teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes since 2013.  My path to this calling has been quite unconventional!  I am originally from Herscher, IL, a small town south of Chicago.  After earning my Bachelor’s in Accounting from Illinois State and working for Caterpillar, Inc., I earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and worked there as an internal auditor.  It was at this time when God called me to the vocation of teaching.  I switched careers by earning my Master’s in Education through Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program.  I taught in Los Angeles and Guatemala City before moving to the Archdiocese of Denver in 2007.

Over time, I became disillusioned with the modern approach to education, and I prayed for answers.  The Holy Spirit, through a suggestion from a wise priest, pointed me toward the answer:  classical education.  The more I learned about it, the more I found an approach – in its purpose, its content, and its methods – that aligned with the truth about the human person.  I quickly became convinced that this is the vision described by the Church documents on education.  I felt God calling me to administration, preferably at a classical school, while I begged Him to let me keep one foot in a Catholic theology classroom.  My prayers were answered in 2013 when I joined Lourdes Classical, where training students in the liberating arts of truth perception centers on the only logosbig enough to integrate the whole of reality:  Jesus Christ.

I believe Catholic classical education is the powerful antidote needed to counter our culture’s rejection of reality.  The truth is on trial and authentic humanity is under attack.  Our students must be prepared to “give an account for the hope that is in them” (1Pet. 3:15), to spread what is objectively true, beautiful, and good, and to recognize and expose what is not.  So while we must teach the authentic Doctrines of the faith and the love story that is Scripture, we must partner this faith with reason, which allows students to dive ever more deeply into the revealed mysteries of the world, to unpack their implications, and to carry out their logical conclusions.  Strong Catholics of conviction will foster a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the development of virtue, which sets us free to love God and neighbor.  May God give us this grace!

Beyond my day job, I enjoy the adventures of married life.  My wife and I have been blessed with four sons so far, and we have taught marriage preparation classes since 2012.  I am also a 2013 graduate of the Denver Catholic Biblical School.  My love for evangelization and sports have merged into a new ministry called Frassati Sports & Adventure, where I work to form strong male disciples of Jesus Christ.

I enjoy adventures in the mountains, especially skiing and hiking.  I am also a connoisseur of books, peanut butter M&M’s, roller coasters, Major League Baseball stadiums (having attended a game in 30 different ballparks so far), amateur video production, all-things Catholic and most-things Chicago (including the pizza, Italian beef, and hot dogs; NOT including the White Sox!).