Fr. Joe’s wife phoned us this morning to inform us about him.
Fr. Joe is a longtime priest and longtime friend of this ministry-which-is-the-store. He has developed dementia that is severe enough to require specialized care in a care facility which is located a long distance from their home.
Joe’s wife describes that Fr. Joe, ever the priest, still loves to bless anyone whom he meets. It is not uncommon at dinner for him to address the "congregation," as he sees it, at the communal meal and lead them in prayers and homilies even though the others may not be aware of their surroundings at all or of Fr. Joe.
Our hearts and prayers go out to Fr. Joe, and to his wife, and to the community that is now helping him with his daily needs.