The friars and staff at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi offer our sincerest condolences to Patti Ann and Conor McDonald on the death of NYPD Officer Steven McDonald.

Steven’s life was very much connected to us. Fr. Mychal Judge ministered to Steven in the days and months following the shooting incident in Central Park in 1989 that left Officer McDonald paralyzed for the rest of life.

Steven came to St. Francis often for prayer or to attend Mass. He also came here for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and the Friars and staff were always moved by his courage, humility and compassion for others.

We pray that he is now in the Father’s embrace — free of all that held him bound for the last thirty years — to live in the eternal love of the God he loved so much.