Written by Sherry
Friday, 19 October 2007 05:41
Pray for Avery Cardinal Dulles. This bulletin was issued October 5 and I haven't been able to find any other information about his illness on the web so I don't know how he is doing today.
I met and spent a little time with Cardinal Dulles in April at the Evangelical Catholic Conference where we were both speaking. He was very frail then, having just gotten out of the hospital after a long stay.
As I wrote on ID then:
But the most moving personal moment for me was meeting and spending a little time with Cardinal Avery Dulles. He is elderly and very frail now and walks with a four pronged cane, but still very sharp and possessing a lovely sense of humor. Very unpretentious - he simply introduced himself at breakfast as "Hello, I'm Avery Dulles". I got to sit at his small table at dinner and again at breakfast but the most memorable moment did not involve any words.
I visited the large, beautiful chapel before breakfast to spend a few minutes in adoration and found three other people there. Two students and Avery Dulles. He was alone, without his young priest assistant, who had been constantly at his side, steadying him throughout Mass and helping him ascend the podium. No longer able to kneel, he sat praying in a corner, his cane beside him.
The hidden source of all that wisdom.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sister Anne-Marie Kirmse, OP, Personal Assistant to His Eminence, Avery Cardinal Dulles, contacted the Diocesan Office of Catechesis with the news that Cardinal Dulles has developed a sudden neurological problem which has rendered speech near impossible. Therefore, with regret, it is announced that due to this sudden physical ailment, Avery Cardinal Dulles has canceled his visit to the Diocese of Lansing.
Cardinal Dulles' doctors have determined that he did not suffer a stroke; however, the origin of this neurological condition remains as yet unknown. He remains alert and able to communicate by writing. The Cardinal is undergoing testing to determine the exact nature of his condition and the correct course of treatment.
While asking your prayers for the Cardinal's restored health, I wish to emphasize that the Diocesan Catechetical Days will proceed as planned. The workshops and presentations are still being offered, as well as opportunities for catechist formation and enrichment. The full text of Cardinal Dulles' keynote address will be read by a priest of the Diocese of Lansing in his place.
Cardinal Dulles conveys his deep regret that he will not be able to join us, along with his hope that the Diocesan Catechetical Days will be blessed with much success and that they will provide inspiration and encouragement for all those who are engaged in this important ministry.
Michael E. Andrews
Director, Office of Catechesis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing
Hat tip: Gashwin Gomes