From time to time over the years I have requested that you pray for now Father Philip Johnson, who suffers from a brain tumor.  Fr. Johnson was recently ordained.

However, today I received this:

Begin forwarded message:

From: “Msgr. David Brockman” <>
Subject: Prayers Requested
Date: March 16, 2017 at 7:39:42 AM EDT
To: Priests <>

Dear Brother Priests,

On behalf of Msgr. Michael Shugrue, Diocesan Administrator, your prayers are requested for Father Philip Johnson, a newly ordained priest of the Diocese of Raleigh and who is currently stationed in priestly ministry at Sacred Heart Parish in Pinehurst and its mission, San Juan Diego in Robbins.

Father Johnson has requested I share with you that on Monday of this week, his physicians at Duke University discovered new growth in the Anaplastic Astrocytoma brain tumor, which had been static for an extended period of time. Biopsy surgery to review this status will take place at Duke University Hospital on Monday morning of next week, March 20, 2017.

Kindly include a remembrance of Father Johnson among your intentions, especially asking the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, Saint Bernadette and if it is God’s will to glorify His servant, Father Thomas Frederick Price, that the favor of healing strength also be granted through his prayerful intercession.

Fraternally in Christ,

Rev. Msgr. David D. Brockman
Delegate of the Diocesan Administrator

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  1. Suburbanbanshee says:


    Fr. Johnson has already defied predictions by becoming a priest. If God wills it, he can be healed.

  2. Sandy says:

    Praying now. I am so sorry to hear about this development, as I have followed Father’s journey for a long time. God bless and strengthen all of you priests, Father Z.

  3. Michael says:

    It will be a special grace and blessing for all of us to lift Father up in prayer on March 20th, the Solemnity of St. Joseph.

    May, by his powerful intercession, Fr. Johnson be protected in mind, body, and soul.

  4. Semper Gumby says:


  5. aahill says:

    Thanks for sharing, Fr. Z. Here the prayer from the Diocese of Raleigh, for the intercession of Fr. Thomas Price, native N. Carolina priest and co-founder of the Maryknoll Missionaries:

    [The Diocese of Raleigh has approved the following prayer for this purpose, and asks that any favors granted be reported to The Office of the Episcopal Delegate for the Cause of Father Price, P. O. Box 1145, Mount Olive, North Carolina 28365.]

    Heavenly Father, You so inspired Father Thomas Frederick Price with love for You and zeal for the Gospel that he dedicated his life to serve You and Your Church, first in North Carolina, his home state, and then in the foreign missions. Grant that by his example we may grow in holiness and into a deeper union with Our Lord Jesus Christ. Help us to be authentic witnesses of the Gospel and proclaim the Holy Name of Jesus throughout the Diocese of Raleigh and to all the people and in all the places we are sent to love and serve.

    If it be according to Your Will, glorify Your servant, Father Thomas Frederick Price, by granting the favor I (we) now request through his prayerful intercession (mention your request here)

    I (we) make this prayer confidently through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

    Imprimatur: Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge,
    Bishop of Raleigh
    June 15, 2012

  6. wanda says:

    Praying for Fr. Johnson.

  7. Kathleen10 says:

    God bless and keep Fr. Johnson. Lord, we need him here, if it be your will.
    Prayers also, for his family and friends.

  8. Thanks for letting me know. I offered a prayer for him.

  9. PatrickJude says:

    I will pray for him.

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