PRAYER REQUEST for seminarian with inoperable brain tumor

I have in the past posted about the medical/health situation of a seminarian for the Diocese of Raleigh, Philip Johnson.

He has received some bad news about the tumor in his brain.

He has written about this on his blog his blog Caritate non ficta.  You can read his update there.

"My MRI on Tuesday showed that my tumor continues to grow at a steady rate, so the doctors at NIH have stopped the treatment. There are no other trials at NIH that would be beneficial to me, so I will no longer be able to be treated there. The doctors are searching for any clinical trials in the country that they believe might be able to help, but there are none that they know of at this time.

The last option is to be treated every two weeks with an intravenous drug called "Avastin" which generally stops tumor growth for a few months, but there are no other options after Avastin.

Pray to Ven. Pauline Jaricot for a swift, full and enduring recovery from this malady.

May I suggest that you ask this miracle through the intercession of Ven. Pauline Jaricot?

    Almighty God, who knew us all from before creation
    who called us into being according to Your plan,
    we humbly beseech You,
    through the intercession of Venerable Pauline Jaricot,
    who cared for the sick during her earthly life,
    that the seminarian Philip Gerard be swiftly and completely cured of his cancer,
    in a lasting way,
    so that God’s glory and mercy may be manifest.

    Venerable Pauline, we ask you in this urgent need,
    pray now before God’s throne
    that Philip Gerard be completely and swiftly healed by God’s miraculous act,
    that God be glorified in the working of this miracle,
    that we be edified by His mercy.
    Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we thank you for all your gifts and mercy.
    In Jesus’ Name we beg that this be done according to God’s will.


May we have ALL WDTPRSers do this?

Those of you who are registered, chime in.

Also, remember that praying to many saints and angels, while praiseworthy, makes the authentication of the miracle for more difficult.

If we do not ask for miracles they will not be granted.  Ask for miracles!

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  1. Anonymous Seminarian says:


  2. anthtan says:


  3. Father G says:


  4. tianzhujiao says:

    He is in my prayers.

  5. Eoin Suibhne says:


  6. AngelineOH says:


  7. salazart says:


  8. Animadversor says:

    I am so sorry to hear that. My mother died of a brain tumor: it is very awful. I shall pray that God may, at the intercession of the Venerable Pauline, spare him that ordeal, and especially that He may concede to him every spiritual grace and blessing, for His Son’s sake. If anyone, while praying for Mr. Johnson, should see fit to ask for the repose of my Mom’s soul as well, I should be much obliged.

  9. GirlCanChant says:


  10. Guillaume says:


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  12. Guillaume says:


  13. Tim Ferguson says:


  14. roamincatholic says:

    Oh, this is a seminarian from my home diocese… Done and Done!

  15. Maggie says:

    Done. May God be merciful.

  16. Polycarp says:


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  18. Thomas S says:


  19. AnAmericanMother says:


  20. Prayer for Ven. Pauline’s intercession.

  21. Bookish says:


  22. TMA says:

    I’ve prayed the prayer for Ve. Pauline’s intercession.
    I have a question about this: are we to offer it once, for nine days as a novena, or daily until furthur notice?

  23. templariidvm says:


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  26. basenji says:

    Done. And amen!

  27. One of those TNCs says:

    But please, is it Philip Johnson or Philip Gerard?

  28. mgalexander says:


  29. Jason says:


    What a beautiful prayer.

  30. capebretoner says:


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  32. q7swallows says:

    Done. And will continue.

  33. Supertradmum says:

    A deeply heartfelt prayer….

  34. MLivingston says:


  35. Random Friar says:

    @One of those TNCs : I believe it’s Philip Gerard Johnson (full name).

    And count me in as Done!

  36. cothrige says:


  37. Amen.

    “Also, remember that praying to many saints and angels, while praiseworthy, makes the authentication of the miracle for more difficult.”

    That is sound advice, Father. Thanks.

    I once remembered my mom joking that with so many novenas to so many blesseds we were saying for our ill father, maybe the blesseds were jockeying for position to get the miracle.

    Focus. Got it.

  38. TrueLiturgy says:


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  42. VivaLaMezzo says:

    Done and will offer time in Adoration tomorrow night.

  43. pberginjr says:


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  45. Rob in Maine says:


  46. Liz F says:

    This is so encouraging. Please ask friends and family to pray as well. I just sent this prayer to my homeschool prayer line and anywhere else I can think of. Please pray for this nice, young man!

  47. West of the Potomac says:


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  49. Winfield says:


    And today’s Wall Street Journal contains an op-ed plea from a lady who credits her survival to Avastin, which Fr. Gerard mentions as the only medical alternative remaining–and which the FDA may ban tomorrow, Friday, September 17. The author is Geraldine Satossky of Reston, Va.


    I am 67 years young and I’ve been battling breast cancer for 11 years. I’m alive today because of a drug called Avastin. But by Friday the FDA is expected to revoke its approval of the drug for use against breast cancer. I’m terribly frightened—and angry.

    Thankfully, a clinical trial had recently started and I was selected for a combination of Xeloda and Avastin. Xeloda is a chemotherapy pill that kills cancerous cells. Avastin cuts off blood-flow to tumors. Almost immediately two of my tumors disappeared. The duel-pronged approach appeared to be working.

    Nearly three-and-a-half years have passed. Today, I’m not just living life; I’m enjoying it. While I get tired more easily than I used to, I can take part in just about all normal activities. I can go out to dinner with my husband. I can visit with friends.

    This could all change on Friday, when the FDA is due to rule on its advisory panel’s recommendation to withdraw approval of Avastin. If the FDA does so, Medicare could stop paying for it.

    If Avastin is withdrawn, countless women who might benefit from the drug will be denied. This is outrageous.

    The FDA is also concerned that Avastin has bad side effects. This is illogical—all chemotherapy has horrible side effects, too. As does every other medicine I’ve tried: Tamoxifen, Taxol, Taxotere, Navelbine, Etoposide, Arimidex and Faslodex. All cancer treatments are risky, and they all come with side effects.

    But the worst side effect is death, and that’s guaranteed to happen when cancer isn’t treated.

    Until then, Avastin is all I have. And I want to live.

  50. JosephMary says:

    Count me in. Venerable Pauline, this man has fought so bravely and so desires to be a priest of God, please intercede for him in a powerful and obvious manner for the glory of God the Divine Healer.

  51. kelleyb says:

    Lord, please hear our prayers.

  52. wanda says:

    I have been asking Ven. Pauline for her intercession for Phillip since last you posted about his case. I will continue to pray.

  53. Michael in NoVA says:


  54. patergary says:

    Praying through the intercession of Servant of God, Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz. Amen.

  55. Kevin in Texas says:

    Done. May God heal this young seminarian through Venerable Pauline’s intercession, and may his life as a priest be a miraculous witness to God’s mercy!

  56. Girgadis says:

    Done, as you have asked.

  57. amandakop says:


  58. Tiber89 says:

    Continuing to pray to Ven. Pauline for Philip.

  59. THE DONKEY says:

    AUX ARMES ! ! !

    I’ll be offering many Holy Masses for you Philip.

    AUX ARMES ! ! !

  60. Andrew T says:


  61. frthomasobrien says:

    Done. And done…..and done…..and done…..

  62. torontonian says:


  63. janek3615 says:

    Done and will continue.

  64. teaguytom says:

    Will pray and add his intention to the rosary

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  67. teechrlady says:


    But with respect Father, concerning this:

    “Also, remember that praying to many saints and angels, while praiseworthy, makes the authentication of the miracle for more difficult. ”

    Mr. Johnson has all along asked us to pray to Fr. Thomas Frederick Price

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  74. jeffmcl says:

    We need priests, and we especially need priests like this man. Done.

  75. shadowlands says:

    Have prayed the prayer and will do so again. I believe in miracles, having witnessed one in my own son’s brain injury in 2007 after anointing for healing by a wonderful priest. Will also pray for the soul of Animadversor’s mom and winfield. God be with both of you and all others suffering/having suffered, brain problems.

  76. emilyclare says:


  77. kallman says:

    I am praying for him

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  80. Nora says:

    I always offer prayers when you ask for them and will remember him at Mass today.

  81. bookworm says:


    Not to get too far ahead here, or sound too pessimistic, but I believe Our Sunday Visitor published a book a few years back, titled “A Priest Forever,” about Fr. Eugene Hamilton, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of New York, who had terminal cancer and got special permission from Pope John Paul II to be ordained early. I believe he was ordained literally on his deathbed. If it comes to that, could this also be an option for Philip?

  82. sawdustmick says:

    Like Wanda, I have been saying this prayer daily (except for a few days – sorry !). Maybe the fact that I am so unworthy is the reason the prayer has not been answered the way we all want it to be. I will up my game !

  83. Done. I will print it out to pray it daily.

  84. GrogSmash says:


  85. Allan S. says:

    Done, of course.

    When I was in hospital, my wife (athiest) said to me “Aren’t you mad at your God for what he has done to you?!”

    I said No. Mad at God? After all the amazing things he has done for me, and the gifts I have received? I owe him so much, and can give only love, which you 9my wife) have shown me!

    I hope these thoughts may strengthen Philip. Nothing important can be taken from us. Despair is the real danger here.

  86. Adam Welp says:


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  88. Liz F says:

    teechrlady, now I’m conflicted. I have the prayer from Fr. Z printed off, but I went to that link. Fr. Price sounds amazing. I know to pray. I’m not sure to whom!

  89. Mariefra says:

    Amen; he is added to my prayer box. There is great power in prayers as you all know. A dear friend’s sister had the same diagnose of a brain tumor. The last one put her in remission and she is able to travel and do many things. Praise God.

  90. JaneC says:

    When I first began to pray for Mr. Johnson, I had no idea that I would be moving to the Diocese of Raleigh. I feel doubly obligated to pray for him now, but I will ask the intercession of Fr. Price, as Mr. Johnson requests.

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  93. Wendy says:

    Done and done and will do.

  94. Nerinab says:


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  96. CCS says:

    Done. And will be done again. Persistence!

  97. Ferde Rombola says:


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  100. Aquinas says:

    My prayers are added.

  101. Father J says:


  102. irishgirl says:

    Done-and I have been offering this prayer daily after my Rosary ever since you first informed us, Father Z.

    Poor Philip-what awful news. May Our Lord be merciful to him, through the intercession of Venerable Pauline Jaricot.

  103. Thomas in MD says:


  104. David Collins says:

    Done. I find out later who Pauline Jaricot was.

  105. Cricket says:


  106. Del says:


    My son is also a seminarian. May God grant us many young priests.

    Thanking Ven. Pauline Jaricot, for your intercession.

  107. Adrianne says:


  108. Winfield says:

    Thank you, Shadowlands, for the offer to pray for me. Thanks be to God, however, I am well. I wanted to call attention to the FDA’s threat to withdraw the cancer drug Avastin from the market today, as it is the drug Fr. Johnson mentions as potentially benefiting him. In my comment I erred and referred to him by the wrong name.

  109. Norah says:

    Phillip Gerard is in my prayers.

  110. kmt says:

    Praying now.

  111. Sacristymaiden says:


  112. Many thanks to those of you who are praying!

  113. Elizabeth D says:

    Done. Peace, Philip.

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