By now you have heard of Bishop O'Connell's surgery and that he is recooperating in a local hospital. The bishop underwent a below the knee amputation of his left leg due to a serious infection in his foot.
We have been praying for him at all our daily masses and will continue to do so this weekend and beyond. His post-op condition is good and after a period of recovery and rehabilitation, he expects to be visiting parishes and attending liturgies as usual.
A statement from the Diocese of Trenton
Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., Diocese of Trenton, underwent surgery, Dec. 29, in a Trenton area hospital to remove his left foot, ankle and part of his lower left leg reaching halfway between the knee and the ankle. The surgery was needed to address several serious infections brought about by diabetes.
Bishop O'Connell's surgery was described as successful by his surgeons, and his recovery is going well. He will remain in the hospital for a brief period of observation, and then will be moved to a local rehabilitation center. He is expected to make a full recovery, and will be fitted for a prosthesis at a time to be determined by his doctors.
We ask members of the community to pray for Bishop O’Connell in the coming weeks and months, as he recovers and completes his rehabilitation. Anyone wishing to send a card or note may do so at the following address:
Most Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M.
The Chancery, Diocese of Trenton
701 Lawrenceville Rd.
Trenton, NJ 08648
Attn: Office of Communications