A priest is diagnosed with a brain tumor. See how he reacted.

Fr John Hollowell has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Here is his response to the news.

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  1. Johann says:

    I asked for prayer intentions on Catholic Answers for Fr. Hollowell. I hope it helps.

  2. Spinmamma says:

    What a shining example, of so many things. Prayers offered on his behalf.

  3. Midwest St. Michael says:

    Gosh, I am sorry to hear this. Fr. Hollowell interviewed me live on his local Catholic radio station for our book we put together a few years back (“The Language of Dissent”, for those of you who may be interested).

    His love for the Church and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is quite evident. I will be offering him up in prayer during my work commute.

  4. Fallibilissimo says:

    Hard to hear this shocking news. Lots of us listen to Fr Hollowell and are strengthened by his strong witness to the faith. The way he’s taking the news is with the spirit of a true lionheart. We’ll likely never meet, but if you read this, thank you Father, for everything.

  5. Liz says:

    We are including, Father Hollowell, in our prayers, rosaries, masses etc. God must love him an awful lot. May his reward be great in heaven!

  6. Semper Gumby says:

    God bless Fr. Hollowell. God bless Padre Dana. God bless our priests.

  7. chantgirl says:

    Very sad to hear about this. He is one of the good Catholic priestly voices on twitter. Prayers for him.

    Jesus and Mary, save souls!

  8. KateD says:

    In Father John Hollowell’s post he mentioned the surgeons said he’d be back to normal in 6 weeks. If someone is healing after brain trauma, including surgery, they should not be dismayed if it takes a bit longer. Yes, most functionality is back very quickly, well before a month is out. But for back to feeling 100%, the consensus among folks I’ve spoken to is that it takes a year for the brain to heal.

    Casual acquaintances won’t notice….but things like leaving a burner on is pretty common. My mom did some strange behavioral things about 6 months out, my dad said there were a lot of little things only some one who lives in the same house would notice. It was scary to him, because he was worried she’d stay like that. She didn’t. She’s had two surgeries and a gamma knife and then chemo a couple times and more radiation on top of lots of drugs for nearly two decades! The tumor is totally gone as of her last check, and hers was unusually aggressive and didn’t respond to anything. Everyone I know who had a brain tumor has done the surgery at least and usually chemo and gama knife. They all have a clean bill of health.

    My mom is back to kayaking with whales and riding off road vehicles in the middle of the dessert…A beloved priest who we thought for sure was on death’s door is finally back with a new and thriving parish. And another woman went right back to running her business.

    It is indeed some deep suffering….

    As for Father, we hope he will hang in there, never give up and keep fighting! We need him!

    We will pray for his miraculous recovery.

  9. The Masked Chicken says:

    Dear KateD,

    I think surgery is the most common way to treat a non-malignant brain tumor. If the tumor is cancerous, then chemo is added. The so-called gamma knife, which is focused radiation, may be useful for certain types of tumors, but is no longer considered a useful form of treatment for some types of tumors such as angiomas, because it can lead to brittleness of the blood vessels and an increase in bleeding.

    The Chicken

    The Chicken

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