Please Pray for Fr. Neuhaus

Father Richard John Neuhaus, editor in chief of First Things, is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Jody Bottum has conveyed the following general message:

Please forgive this group email, but so many have asked after the health of Richard John Neuhaus that is seemed best to send out this single message to all our friends.

Fr. Neuhaus is in the hospital here in New York. Over Thanksgiving, he was diagnosed with a serious cancer. The long-term prognosis for this particular cancer is not good, but it is not hopeless, either, and there is a possibility that it will respond to the recommended out-patient chemotherapy.

Unfortunately, over Christmas, he was taken dangerously ill with what seems to be a systemic infection that has left him very weak. Entering the hospital the day after Christmas, he was sedated to lower an elevated heart rate and treatment was begun for the infection. Over the last few days, he has shown some signs of improvement, and there is a reasonable expectation that he will recover from this present illness—sufficiently, we hope, that he will be able to begin the chemotherapy for the cancer.

Fr. Neuhaus is not able at the moment to receive visitors or speak on the telephone or answer his mail, and he has requested that no flowers, candy, or other get-well presents be sent—just your prayers for his quick recovery. Further bulletins will be sent when there is news to report.

Fr. Neuhaus disclosed his condition in a post to First Things‘ “On The Square” earlier in December.

6 Responses to Please Pray for Fr. Neuhaus

  • Prayers on the way! If all Catholics were as stalwart in their faith as Father Neuhaus, a convert, most of our problems would shrink to insignificance

  • Prayed and done. Will put him in my daily prayers from here on out. Fr. Neuhaus a fine clergyman and a good example to many in practicing the faith.

  • YES, FR. JOHN NEUHAUS IS IN OUR PRAYERS
    AND OUR UGNAYAN MIGRANT WORKERS COMMUNITY
    WILL PRAY FOR HIS COMPLETE RECOVERY.
    NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD.
    FR. JOY TAJONERA, M.M.

  • Very sad news. Padre Neuhaus is a stalwart defender of the faith. Clearly one of the Good Guys. Along with his prodigious literary output, he and Raymond Arroyo were sparkling in anchoring EWTN’s coverage of the transition between the ascendancy to heaven of Johannes Paulus Magnus and the ascendancy of Benedictus Splendiferous. Prayers for healing.

  • Father Neuhaus and I live on different planets theologically. I will certainly remember him in my prayers.

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