It was announced by Father Mitch Pacwa this evening on EWTN Live that Father John Corapi, SOLT, dynamic preacher, has visited the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for further diagnosis of possible cancer.
Update Thursday, May 15: Just heard on Life on the Rock from Fr. Corapi himself that he does not have cancer but some other tumor on the parathyroid. Apparently he has been sick for 9 months.
Pray for him.
Father Corapi is seen regularly on EWTN and travels extensively in the U.S. and other countries preaching the Gospel as it was intended to be preached.
Further information dated April 16, 2008 on the Faith and Country blog: http://catholicgop.blogspot.com/2008/04/latest-on-fr-corapi.html
I got this in an email
Dear Prayer Warriors,
Here is the latest on Fr. Corapi. Some of you had written asking if Fr. Corapi was really ill.
Many of us have been concerned about Father Corapi and his health. The rumors were indeed true, but thanks to Father Corapi's /Weekly Wisdom/ program, , he addressed the whole health issue on his 29 March program. For non-subscribers, here is an overview.
Bottom line, Father Corapi has a parathyroid tumor and will be going back to the Mayo Clinic next week for surgery. It's a very rare (1:167,000 men get it) tumor, which 98% of the time not cancerous. The good news is they ruled out lymphoma, which is what they thought he had. He goes through great detail explaining and extolling the Mayo Clinic, his tests, and our obligation to keep our bodies as healthy as we can. He also said for the past 7 months he was too sick to get out bed 70% of the time; intense exhaustion with flu-like symptoms (a result of the excess calcium this type of tumor causes, in addition to osteoporosis) . Surgery is the only cure.
As you might suspect, he turned his experience into a redemptive suffering lecture, reminding us that God's true power comes via our weakness. He also touched on what I've seen more and more recently especially among strong Catholics close to Mary and who offer their sufferings and that is the obvious - how much the world right now needs the help of redemption from the souls willing and able to offer it back to Christ via Mary, united to the cross. I'm sure most of us figured out it was pretty obvious that God needed Father Corapi's suffering especiall y during Holy Week.
He talked in fairly great detail about his week of tests; including the anxiety for his family, about maybe 'checking out,' i.e., having cancer, etc. With his humor, he joked about the benefit and happiness of dying (except for the pain to his family), rather than having to endure and see the face of a certain US Presidential candidate. He quite seriously said death would be better than having to endure this gentleman for the next four years, should he become president. Yikes!
Anyway, please spread the world to keep the Padre in your prayers. His favorite prayer is the Memorare, which is what he asked be prayed for him when he was first admitted to the Mayo Clinic. He wrapped up his segment with the profound words from his thesis on redemptive suffering: /To be set
at the foot of the cross is to be set at the pinnacle of all human possibilities./
Our Sorrowful Mother's Ministry