Thanks for everyone’s prayers during my doctor visit on Thursday. Since I stopped treatments last Summer and the tumor has remained stable since that time, the doctor is convinced that the tumor is now in remission. Not completely cured, but not growing either. There is still a mass in my brain, but there are no signs of active cancer cells or growth right now.The doctor did warn that this type of tumor typically grows again (branching off from the original tumor), but pointed out that I am already in the “long-term survival” range for this type of tumor (Anaplastic Astrocytoma), so the fact that I have few symptoms right now means that statistically, my expected survival from now on should be measured in years and not months. Overall, great news!
Please continue to remember me and all who suffer from cancer in your prayers! I will be praying a 9-day Novena of Thanksgiving to Our Lady of Lourdes for this good news. Please join if you would like!
Tag Archives: Philip Gerard Johnson
Meanwhile, the rather large brain tumor of Philip Gerard Johnson over at In Caritate Non Ficta is stable, so he continues his progress on his way to being ordained a priest of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His great bishop is wonderfully in solidarity with him, as it should be.
I received a pile of forms for grading courses he’s completed from the academic dean at Saint Charles Borromeo in Philadelphia. Philip is a good student, a great seminarian. He has a profound sense about what the priesthood is all about, that is, about Who the priesthood is all about. We’re praying for a miracle for him.
My old stomping grounds: The local Church Militant with the weapon of the Rosary outside the local abortuary
I recognize, of course, most of these seminarians at the Pontifical College Josephinum, who are receiting the Rosary with the Rector of the great seminary just outside the local abortuary. I very often went with the sems for the Rosary. Chapeau to the great PGJ
A very short, great lenten reflection over at In Caritate Non Ficta: Double Yikes!
If you’re not yet following seminarian Philip’s blog, you’ve been missing out on too much. Don’t miss any more. Click HERE.
Click on the picture for the link to the blog, and read the updates, and then… and then… click on the “follower” gadget on his sidebar and become a “follower”.
Philip is launching himself into the blog more than ever, and it will be a joy to accompany him while he remains, for now, a seminarian with brain cancer.
But just before you go there… say a Hail Mary or three for him right this minute… Hail Mary…
Here’s the link to the post.
I’m in the third picture down. I’ll have to do some writing about such beasts sooner than later, I think!
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge has announced the diocesan phase of the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Father Thomas Frederick Price will open March 9, 2012. Father Price, who was born in Wilmington, NC, on August 19, 1860, was the first native North Carolinian to be ordained to the Priesthood.At the time of his ordination, some 800 people in the state identified themselves as Catholic. Father Price was committed to converting all residents of North Carolina to Catholicism. The January/February 2011 edition of the NC Catholics profiled Father Price in a cover story.Read the news release issued January 17, 2012 (PDF), regarding the diocesan phase of the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of Father Price.
Philip has an excellent, short post on the spirituality of donkeys, quoting St Augustine and St Jose-Marie Escriva. You would be a stubborn mule not to check it out! Then, click the header for the rest!
My theology student, seminarian P.G.J., is to be the intention of the Novena to the Immaculate Conception as announced by Bishop Burbidge. This is wonderful news. It was with this novena last year that Philip gained stability with his brain cancer. Let’s get ready to pray this. I’ll put up the novena daily from November 30 to December 8. From the Raleigh Diocesan Newspaper:
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge has announced a novena to Our Holy Mother, patroness of the Diocese of Raleigh, on behalf of seminarian Philip Johnson. The novena will begin on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, and culminate on Thursday, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This is the second year Bishop Burbidge has called for a novena.
Philip has been receiving chemotherapy treatments for a brain tumor for several years. In a letter to Priests, Religious and the lay faithful of the Diocese, Bishop Burbidge notes the “growth of the brain tumor appears to have stabilized about the time of the conclusion of last year’s novena.”
Philip continues to pursue his vocation and hopes to return to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for on-campus studies. Currently he is assigned to St. Catherine of Siena Church in Wake Forest.
Links to both the Bishop’s letter and the Novena Prayer in English and Spanish are provided below so that you may forward this request to others who you may wish to invite to pray for a needed cure for Philip.
- Read the Bishop’s letter in English (PDF)
- Read the Bishop’s letter in Spanish (PDF)
- Read the Novena Prayer in English (PDF)
- Read the Novena Prayer in Spanish (PDF)
Novena for Philip Johnson
November 30th through December 8th
Father all-powerful and ever-living God,
you chose the Immaculate Virgin Mary,
the mother of your Son, to be the mother and help of all Christians.
As she endured her bitter agony
at the cross of her Son, she was consoled by you
with the hope of His resurrection.
Now, in heaven
she consoles with a mother’s love all who turn to her with faith,
until the day of the Lord dawns in glory.
~Pray the Memorare~
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
we are filled with confidence that your prayers on our behalf
will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
Bring our seminarian, Philip Johnson, healing, peace, courage and strength
as he shares in the suffering of your Son.
O Glorious Mother of God,
in memory of your joyous Immaculate Conception,
hear our prayers and obtain for us our petitions.
The great seminarian Philip Gerard Johnson, for whom you might say an enthusiastic prayer as his candidacy come up. Make that prayer said in honor of Father Thomas Frederick Price, a relative of this seminarian, and equally devoted to Saint Bernadette (along side whom his heart is buried!). His cause for beatification is up, and we’re praying for a miracle for Philip by way of Father Price’s intercession! Here’s Philip’s post about Father Price from the beginning of his blog now three years ago: HERE! Hail Mary…
Against all my protestations – really quite strong, I must say — Philip asked for donations for me. Some of those came directly to me, some went to him to pass along to me. The latter include the generosity of Sharon, Mary, Diane, Kathleen, Caroline, Brian, Kimberly, Linda and Kevin. Thank you so much.
May the Lord bless you continuously according to the perfect intercession of the Immaculate Conception!
Philip — Grrrrr! — let the cat out of the bag when he did this, mentioning that I’m tutoring him a bit for his priestly studies. In fact, in an agreement with Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, with his great bishop in Raleigh, and with my own Superior General of the Fathers of Mercy, I did finish off his philosophy courses and got him well into his theology curriculum. We’re presing forward, thanks be to God. I’m teaching as much as I did when I had a full load of courses at the Pontifical College Josephinum this time last year. Yikes! Go Philip! Go Philip! Go Philip!