Staff update on Fr. Steve

There will still be another hour before Fr. Steve will be finished with surgery; then, there’s recovery time before being moved to the critical care unit.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fr. Bill here …

It is just about 11 PM.  We just finished speaking with Fr. Steve’s main surgeon.

There will still be another hour before Fr. Steve will be finished with surgery; then, there’s recovery time before being moved to the critical care unit.

His doctor was pleased with the surgery and indicated that the mass took quite a bit longer to remove than expected.  She was confident that they were able to remove it all without removing any bones, major arteries or nerves.

We thank God that there are no major complications with his surgery. As his doctor mentioned, Fr. Steve is going to be quite sore for a time after this surgery.

Due to the lateness of the hour, Fr. Steve will be transferred to the recovery hospital around midday tomorrow. He will remain in critical care until he is ready to move to a regular surgical recovery unit. We will keep you posted regarding his recovery progress.

Fr. Steve’s dad and mom continue to express their gratitude to God for the capable hands during his surgery and for the prayers of so many who have been praying for him over these past several months, especially during this very long day for us all.

On their behalf, we thank you for all your support, love and prayers.  We can go home now, tired from the day and rest well with grateful hearts that all has gone as well as possible for Fr. Steve’s surgery.  THANKS BE TO GOD!

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12 thoughts on “Staff update on Fr. Steve”

  1. I have been keeping up with Fr. Steve’s progress all thru this very difficult process. He has been an inspiration to all who he has been in contact with. I Praise the Lord for His tender mercies. You all remain in my prayers.

  2. Fr. Bill –

    Thank you for updating us & for keeping vigil for Fr. Steve. May God give him rest & healing. May the Love of Heaven be poured out on him & his loved ones!!!

    Blessings – Susan

  3. May your creator place his hand upon you (Fr.Steve) and may you rise up to sing praises to the Eternal King.

    …and Moses raised his staff and praised his God…and waters parted and the people fled from the chariots and warriors of Ramses. And a pillar of fire appeared before all present as God kept his word with Moses and saved his people, for in this they were thence free…
    to searve the Enteral King……….Teri

  4. May your creator place his hand upon you (Fr.Steve) and may you rise up to sing praises to the Eternal King.

    …and Moses raised his staff and praised his God…and waters parted and the people fled from the chariots and warriors of Ramses. And a pillar of fire appeared before all present as God kept his word with Moses and saved his people, for in this they were thence free…
    to serve the Eternal King……….Teri

  5. Fr. Bill, Thank you for the update. We are all still in prayer for Fr. Steve because he still has a long road ahead of him. We know that he is an amazing man, with a deep love of the Lord and believe that this will help him through his recovery. Please let him know we are praying for him and thinking of him. We leave in an hour to come to graduation at St. Joe’s, but it won’t be the same without his smiling face there. God bless y’all.

    Jim & Marianne

  6. Praise the LORD for the moracle, FR. Steve’s
    surgeons,surgical team and all the other specialist, and mortly FR Steve’s strong faith
    and positive attitude.

    Now for a quick and full recovery.

    For FR Steves parents.

    You have a most amazing Son, of course you
    alreaty knew this. GOD BLESS ALL.
    lOYFAL

  7. What excellent news..! Now it’s all over but the bouncing back..!
    God has blessed everyone of us with the success
    that has conquered Fr. Steve’s ordeal.
    Best Wishes to his parents..and all of those who stood by there…!
    Our Love and prayers are with all of you..
    Mia and Bob

  8. Hi, Father Steve!
    Praying that you have a good recovery!
    Hope you didn’t get really hungry,
    while waiting for the surgery!
    This makes us all seem more like family..
    Keisha Colson (in UT)

  9. Thank you Father Bill for the update and watching over Father Steve with your prayers
    and those of us “out in the field.” We know
    that Father Steve has a long road ahead, but
    the shepherds will be there to assist as they
    have in the past.

    Thanks be to God and to those who have brought
    our Brother in Christ to this point with their
    expertise, affection, love and prayer.

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