Sisters and brothers in Francis and Clare, our sister, Denise Donaldson, OFS, is requesting prayers for her husband, our brother, Chris Donaldson, OFS. Chris has been diagnosed with throat cancer. On Tuesday, May 2nd, Chris initial surgery will be from 11-2 in preparation for radiation and chemo which will begin in a few weeks.
Sisters and brothers in Francis and Clare, our sister, Claudette Lucas, OFS, is requesting prayers for her daughter Stephanie Pollara, who was in our fraternity in formation. Stephanie is having a diagnostic test for a suspicious mass on Friday. Claudette is requesting prayers that the results will be benign and that the mass is just a bump in the road rather than a mountain.
Sisters and brothers in Francis and Clare, our brother, Michael Radcliffe, OFS, is requesting prayers for his daughter, Chelsea in Arizona, who went to the hospital by ambulance early this morning. Michael thinks she has a ruptured cyst, and hope to find out more soon. Michael is asking for the Fraternity’s prayers for her.
Sisters and brothers in Francis and Clare, our sister, Mary Chandler, OFS, is in the hospital and will be receiving a pacemaker. Mary also had a subdural hematoma, our brother Deacon Kevin Kulesa, OFS, saw her yesterday and seems to be doing well. Please keep Mary in your daily prayers.
Beloved Brothers and Sisters in St. Francis: Please pray with me for David and Kim, two homeless friends who need more help than I can give. They are trying to get a deposit together for a very inexpensive apartment so they can stop living homeless and I am trying to get them in touch with Catholic Charities. God bless and keep you. Gerry Pinkas, OFS
Sisters and brothers in Francis and Clare, our visitor, Jim Jewer, is requesting prayers for a torn rotator cuff operation scheduled for Friday, April 21st. Please keep Jim in your prayers for a successful operation.
Sisters and brothers in Francis and Clare, I received the following e-mail from our sister Amy Kulesa, OFS:
Kevin and I would like to request prayers for safe travel. I travel to Ireland for meetings for my work tomorrow, then Kevin will join me. We also ask prayers that our pets will be well cared-for and not anxious while we are away. Thank you! – Amy
Sisters and brothers in Francis and Clare, our sister, Susan Suprock, OFS is requesting prayers. Susan is scheduled for cancer surgery tomorrow (Thursday). Please keep Susan, the doctors and staff in your prayers for a successful surgery for our sister Susan.
Sisters and brothers in Francis and Clare, our brother, Jerry Yu, OFS is in need of our prayers. Jerry would like to request prayers for his recent illness. Originally he thought he had a common cold but turned out to be Erysipelas, (a severe skin rash) which was diagnosed when he went to the ER at the Howard General Hospital on Saturday. Jerry is experiencing a lot of pain on the left side of his face, neck glands and has a constant headache. Jerry would like us to pray that our Lord will help him endure the pain and have him back to normal soon.
Sisters and brothers in Francis and Clare, our sister, Kathy Ford, OFS and our brother, Harry Ford, OFS are asking for prayers for the Ford family. Sarah Turpin Jarboe, the daughter-in-law of Harry’s sister, Robin Baker, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly today after suffering a major heart irregularity from which she did not recover. Sarah Turpin Jarboe leaves her husband, Philip, and twin boys, who are around seven years old.
Sisters and brothers in Francis and Clare, Even though I’m not a professed Franciscan yet, may I ask for a prayer request please? The husband of a dear friend of mine has been diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer and given 6-18 months to live. He is 57 years old. If the Fraternity could lift him up in prayer, so many would be grateful. His name is David Hailes.
Sisters and brothers in Francis and Clare, our sister, Theresa Heath, OFS, had two falls recently. In the first she suffered a torn rotatory cuff, same arm that had rotatory cuff surgery twelve years ago. The day after commencing PT to heal the tear (3/11), she fell fracturing her wrist. Both accidents happened at home, right arm. She will have surgery soon to repair the fracture. Please keep our sister in your daily prayers.
Sisters and brothers in Francis and Clare, Ralph Colavita (Franciscan Associate) is asking prayers for his son, Benjamin who is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Praying that he seeks professional help to break the grip of addiction.
Dear Sisters and Brothers, Karan Bevers, inquirer, has been experiencing severe health issues these past several months. Please keep her in your daily prayers that Karan will return to good health soon.
Perpetual Novena to Holy Spirit with the intercession St. Francis for the Conversion of ISIS
Holy Spirit, as you inspired St. Francis to become the instrument of Your Peace by seeking out the Sultan, so now together with St. Francis we ask You to convert the hearts of all who are involved in or support ISIS. That they become people of True Prayer, that though their True Prayer they become people of True Love that will lead them to True Peace. The Peace that is beyond all understanding, the Peace that Society cannot give.
St. Francis… Pray for us
Mary, Queen of Peace… Pray for us
Life can be hard and, at times, we can feel overwhelmed and even alone. Part of belonging to a community of faith means having people, even people we don’t know, love and care about us. These are our sisters and brothers in faith and they are here to help each of us. One way they do this is by praying for us. Did you know there is an Archdiocesan Prayer Ministry made up of a diverse group of Catholic women and men waiting to lift our burdens before the Lord through prayer and to stand with us as we go through the trials of life?
About the Archdiocesan Prayer Ministry:
The Archdiocesan Prayer Ministry is made up of Catholics from throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore who are committed to prayer and to living the call to, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
The Prayer Ministry is comprised of men and women, young and old, religious and lay, from every ethnic and cultural background representing the great diversity of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. They pray as individuals and as a group in homes, parishes and meeting spaces throughout our Archdiocese. Like you, these pray-ers are people who have suffered the same hurts, fears, pains, sickness, loss and everyday burdens.
After your prayer request is received, it is forwarded to the Prayer Ministry by the Archdiocese’s Outreach Coordinator. The prayer ministers will stand with you in prayer for God’s mercy, love, and compassion.