As many of you know, on Thursday, November 2nd, I had emergency surgery for a perforated bowel. I spent a week in Saint Mary’s Medical Center; a week in Rehab; was readmitted to Saint Mary’s for an abdominal infection for another week; then returned to Rehab at Saint Joseph Manor for another week of rehab. I was discharged from Saint Joseph Manor on Friday, December 8th and returned to the rectory. While I am in the rectory, my doctors have told me that the next two months should be concerned with rest and healing. So, over the next two months I will be like the Holy Spirit – I will be among you, you just won’t be able to see me! My doctors anticipate that sometime in late January/early February, I will be able to return to pastoral duties on a limited basis. But for the next couple of months, I will be occupying myself with rest and continued recovery. I hope that my days in the hospital (and rehab) are behind me. I ask for your continued prayers that my recovery will be smooth and uneventful, enabling me to return to my duties as pastor!
Through the intercession of Saint John the Evangelist, may we be living examples of the gospel he has handed on to us!
December 17, 2017