From the Diocese of Raleigh :
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, has requested in a letter that all the Priests, Religious and lay faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh participate in a novena to the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the Diocese, on behalf of Philip Johnson, one of our Diocesan seminarians.Â The novena will begin on Monday, November 29,Â and culminate on Wednesday, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Mr. Johnson, who is currently pursuing his vocation to the Priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, has been receiving chemotherapy treatments for a brain tumor, which has continued to progress despite these treatments. He expressed â€œdeep gratitudeÂ to the priests, religious, and laity of our Diocese for their prayerful support during this difficult time in my life.
â€œWhile my treatments can often be physically and emotionally draining,â€ he said, â€œit brings me great strength to know that so many prayers are being offered to Almighty God on my behalf. Please be assured of my prayers for our entire Diocese, especially for those who currently suffer in any way, that we may all unite our sufferings to those of Our Lord on the Cross.â€
Links to both the Bishopâ€™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. A link to an earlier story on Mr. Johnson provides additional information.