Matthew and I have a request. Our beloved brother Kevin is extremely ill with brain cancer. Without going into much detail, this is the type of situation that now requires a miracle and we believe in miracles.
We ask you to join us in praying for our brother.
If I may, we ask to you to pray, in particular, for the intercession of Rose Hawthorne. I found out about Rose from my brother-in-law Denis (Dmac) and the wonderful Fr. Barron. Rose Hawthorne, whose cause for sainthood was opened in 2003, is the daughter of famed author Nathaniel Hawthorne and a Catholic convert. In 1998, she opened a refuge for cancer victims on New York’s Lower East Side and made her vows as a Dominican nun on Dec. 8, 1900, taking the name Alphonsa. More can be found out here.
As a New Yorker who took care of Cancer patients, we believe her intercession is special. Kevin, who is 43, has a wonderful wife of great faith, a daughter of eleven years, and a son of eight years. We ask you to pray for Kevin and his family and ask Rose Hawthorne to pray for him as well.
Lord God, in your special love for the sick, the poor and the lonely, you raised up Rose Hawthorne (Mother Mary Alphonsa) to be the servant of those afflicted with incurable cancer with no one to care for them. In serving the outcast and the abandoned, she strove to see in them the face of your Son. In her eyes, those in need were always “Christ’s Poor.”
Grant that her example of selfless charity and her courage in the face of great obstacles will inspire us to be generous in our service of neighbor. We humbly ask that you glorify your servant, Rose Hawthorne, on earth according to the designs of your holy will. Through her intercession, grant that Kevin Archbold will be healed of the cancer that now afflicts him.
Thank you so much.
December 27, 2009 at 9:35 pm
Having lost my mother to cancer this year, and earlier a 30 year old cousin to brain cancer, I understand where you are at and going through. Yes, my prayers are with all of you.
December 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm
Prayed the moment I saw this.
December 28, 2009 at 12:35 am
December 28, 2009 at 9:08 pm
Praying up a storm — Mother Alphonsa is one of my go-to Saints (and her Sisters carry on her great work: http://hawthorne-dominicans.org/s000.htm)
They are wonderful. Bless you!
December 28, 2009 at 9:45 pm
I'll be praying for him. Thanks for posting.
December 29, 2009 at 4:59 pm
I am praying for Kevin and the entire Archbold family. Sent with much love.
December 29, 2009 at 8:09 pm
My friend, Linda Weinhardt, is very sick with "cancer of an unknown primary". Of late, her pain is almost unbearable. She is the mother of two children (5yrs. & 7yrs.) and the wife of a kind-hearted, gentle man; she has been married only 8 years. I am reciting the prayer with both Kevin's and Linda's name inserted… will you please do the same? If there's a miracle I'll report it here on CMR. Thank you.
December 31, 2009 at 12:56 am
I am so sorry to hear this news. Your brother will absolutely be in my prayers. God bless you guys.
January 1, 2010 at 3:08 am
This is Patrick O'Rourke, Hugh's brother. Please know my family and I are keeping Kevin in our prayers.
January 3, 2010 at 4:34 pm
Your brother was prayed for today at St. Matthews. My wife explained to me on the way home that Kevin and his family usually sit 3 rows ahead of us at the 9:30 Mass and I personally have spoken to his wife many times not knowing her last name or connection to CMR.
They are a wonderful family and I will increase the prayers and the petition for Mother Alphonso's intercession.
January 4, 2010 at 12:48 am
Praying and passing this along. God bless and heal Kevin through the intercession of Rose Hawthorne.
January 4, 2010 at 3:51 pm
I am so sorry for Kevin and your family. We will include him in our rosary and Mass intentions.
Mother Mary Alfonso Hawthorne, pray for us.
January 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm
i just prayed the prayer and will come back to do so again…
May Our Lady wrap you in her mantle.
January 5, 2010 at 1:11 am
So sorry that your brother is suffering, Patrick. It is an honor to pray for him and your entire family. May Sister Alphonsa (Rose) Hawthorne and her great father rush to your aid!
January 6, 2010 at 5:31 am
Prayers sent for your brother and your family. May God graciously hear us.
January 8, 2010 at 5:06 am
Prayers said tonight during Adoration. Please keep us posted.
January 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm
I'm a little late getting to this post, but your brother will be in my prayers from now on!!
March 28, 2010 at 7:34 am
I have said a prayer for your brother Kevin. I have prayed that God annoints him, healing hime of his cancer. I pary that God's healing touch allows him to go forward in this life on earth, glorifying God with his service.