REMINDER: Bp. Burbidge Begins Novena for Seminarian Philip Johnson

From the site of the Diocese of Raleigh:

Bishop Burbidge Requests Novena for Seminarian Philip Johnson

The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge has announced a novena to Our Holy Mother, patroness of the Diocese of Raleigh, on behalf of seminarian Philip Johnson. The novena will begin on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, and culminate on Thursday, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This is the second year Bishop Burbidge has called for a novena.

Philip has been receiving chemotherapy treatments for a brain tumor for several years. In a letter to Priests, Religious and the lay faithful of the Diocese, Bishop Burbidge notes the “growth of the brain tumor appears to have stabilized about the time of the conclusion of last year’s novena.”

Philip continues to pursue his vocation and hopes to return to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for on-campus studies. Currently he is assigned to St. Catherine of Siena Church in Wake Forest.

Links to both the Bishop’s letter and the Novena Prayer in English and Spanish are provided below so that you may forward this request to others who you may wish to invite to pray for a needed cure for Philip.

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11 Responses to REMINDER: Bp. Burbidge Begins Novena for Seminarian Philip Johnson

  1. wanda says:

    Have been praying for Phillip for quite some time now. I will add the Novena prayer, too.

  2. irishgirl says:

    I’ve been praying for Philip for a long time, too. I’ve used the prayer to Venerable Pauline Jaricot which Father Z suggested.
    And I’m going to keep on praying for a miracle for him, too!

  3. Patti Day says:

    I did not know of Philip. I will begin the Novena today.

  4. Justin_Kolodziej says:

    ok, I’m in. And adding his intention to my daily prayer to St. Raphael as well.

  5. Thank you all! And thank you, Fr. Z!

  6. Rosevean says:

    I have begun the Novena and added him to my daily prayers for the sick.

  7. tealady24 says:

    I have been praying for Philip for a long time now, and will definitely include this novena into my Advent devotions. He captured my heart quite some time ago!

  8. Fr. CK says:

    I met Phil once as we were both Navy Officers. Truly outstanding and Holy Man who knows what it means to be a servant.

  9. JohnE says:

    I began the Novena today for seminarian Philip Johnson.

  10. Denita says:

    I will pray for Philip. @Irishgirl, where can I find the prayer to Venerable Pauline?
    I’ll also pray to Blessed Francis Seelos.

  11. Mariana says:

    I’m in, too. Forgot to say so earlier.