January 10, 2017, 11:06 PM
BY BYRON SMITH, LEONARD GREENE
|Detective Steven McDonald brought men to tears just last Thursday with a presentation at his parish. (DELMUNDO, ANTHONY FREELANCE NYDN/ANTHONY DELMUNDO)|
Among the many examples of Steven McDonald’s unshakable Catholic faith and outreach was a monthly men’s prayer group he led at his Long Island parish.
McDonald, who died Tuesday at 59, three decades after a teen shot and paralyzed him in the line of duty, was immediately lauded by friends and family for his inspiring faith and goodness.
“I’ve heard him speak a number of times and he had an impact on people,” said Greg Fanning, 68, a parishioner, like McDonald, of St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. “He did a presentation on Thursday night where there were men actually crying. He’ll be missed.”
The Rev. James Hansen, an associate pastor at the church, said he visited the hero cop in his final hours.
|McDonald impacted many at Saint Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre on Long Island. (DAVID WEXLER/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)|
“I wanted to thank Steven one last time for all that he’s done for me and for the thousands of lives he’s touched throughout his years of ministry,” he said.
Reflecting, he said his friend was led astray only once, and he did try to help him. “I wanted to try to convert Steven from the dark to the light, from a Rangers fan to an Islanders fan. He had a Rangers jersey on his hospital bed.”