Ventura County Star: Thomas Aquinas College administrator's life shaped by generosity rather than religious hostility

By Jean Cowden Moore
Posted May 20, 2012 at 8:01 p.m.

Paul O'Reilly grew up Catholic in a Protestant neighborhood in Belfast during the Troubles, when religious and political hostilities exploded across Ireland.

So perhaps it comes as no surprise that his young life was marked by hatred, violence and murder.

But ask O'Reilly about those times, back when he was a teenager, and he'll tell you it was the generosity of family, not bitterness, that formed him. ...