Fr David ORourke

Fr. David O’Rourke, OP, is pastor at the historic Our Lady of Mercy parish in Point Richmond, an accomplished artist, gardener, translator, author, lecturer, family counselor and retired Professor of Theology at St. Mary's College and elsewhere. Donations to the small, beautiful parish church where he serves as pastor are always deeply appreciated and may be made here: He may be reached directly at
" Pastor, Our Lady of Mercy in Point Richmond, CA "


Make Room For The Future

February 6, 2021

We are all wondering where we are going to go from here. New President, new administration, Covid response apparently working somewhat. We do have that sense that finally, even with the terrible projections, we may actually be “going” somewhere. And...

Can We Learn From Suffering?

July 17, 2020

It is hard for an old man like me to talk about suffering. Most people I know, including me, are in charge of our lives. No matter the losses and illnesses, we still have access to care, to security, and...

Ideas On Conversion

July 15, 2020

Tied to my garden by a number of convalescing’s that have ganged up on me, I have been thinking of some words that we chew over a lot in religious settings. Words we use to pinpoint events, or human experiences....

Open For Masses Again

July 3, 2020

I am happy, and even relieved, to be able to let you all know that we will again be open for Masses this weekend. And we will be celebrating the 4th of July. Open, but very Carefully Open. Which should...