Dear St. Paul Community,
First of all, I want to thank all those who reached out to me during this next step in my cancer treatment. The support and prayers have been gratifying. While it was not ideal spending Easter in the hospital, I was constantly reminded that the resurrected Jesus is not only present in a church. One of our students sent me a note saying, "(This) is a great chance for us to celebrate Easter like the disciples by allowing Jesus to enter our homes."
My stem cell transplant was Monday and it went very well. The nurse who was with me said that my vital signs were steady, so that was a positive sign. Now I am still resting in the hospital being watched by a great team of doctors, nurses, and patient care techs. The two doctors I see every morning has said that everything is where they expect things to be!
Thank you, again, for your thoughts and prayers. It is at times such as these that our faith is tested, but ultimately faith prevails and is stronger.
Peace to you all,
Fr. Patrick is a Dominican priest and the Campus Minister.