UPDATE: Fr. John Hollowell – still battling a brain tumor

In February I posted about a priest with a brain tumor, Fr. John Hollowell.  HERE

Here is an an excerpt from an email update.  He will have another MRI soon, 16 Dec.

If the MRI does show a continued tumor, I’m certainly prepared to wait another 6 months while undergoing the final 3 rounds of chemo. I am totally open to the possibility that somehow me living the life of a hermit at this time is the best way to serve my parishioners and students. However, if a miraculous healing were to take place, I would obviously be okay with that!

He says that the cause for a “servant of God” the first bishop in Indiana is open.  He is asking for prayers for the intercession of Bp. Simon Brute.

His prayer:

“Heavenly Father, you gave your servant Bishop Simon Brute pastoral zeal and ardent charity. Through his intercession, if it be Your Will, may Fr. Hollowell’s MRI on December 16th show no tumor, and may this be a miracle that moves Bishop Simon Brute’s beatification and canonization forward. Amen.”

I know you in your generosity will offer this targeted prayer for the intercession of Bp. Simon Brute.

Not… “And I’ll add all my favorite saints!”  Not… “And I’ll pray to “Joe Bagofdonuts whose cause is open in the Diocese of Blackduck!”  Not… “and Jesus, Mary and Joseph and all the saints!”  Not… Not… Not…

Just that.

THAT’s how miracles are authenticated…. targeted prayer that can be demonstrated.

Our prayerful best wishes for Fr. Hollowell.


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  1. InFormationDiakonia says:

    Just prayed this prayer for this Bishop’s intercession as requested – nothing added! May God through the intercession of Bishop Brute, grant complete, miraculous healing unto Father Hollowell!

  2. Sandy says:

    Prayed the prayer you gave, Father. That’s a hard one, my brother had a brain tumor and lost his battle over 30 years ago. (RIP dear Greg)

  3. Clinton R. says:

    Father, I just said the prayer as requested.

  4. JTH says:

    Prayer done.

    Has Father Hollowell considered umbilical cord stem cell therapy? I’ve heard of amazing results.

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  6. jameeka says:

    I would encourage people to look up Bishop Simon Bruté—his life is amazing! I had not heard of him, despite having grown up in Illinois. Good choice, Father Hollowell! We pray for you daily.

  7. Padre Pio Devotee says:


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