At the end of September 2016, Fran had knee replacement surgery. The surgery was successful but three days after she came home from the hospital, she fell and tore the patella tendon.
I became a fulltime caregiver and was unable to leave her alone. Fran had several minor falls that twisted her knee and set her back immensely. We made the decision to return to the York Pennsylvania area (where we lived thirty years ago) to be near our youngest daughter and Fran’s family.
Fortunately, my pastor and the Archbishop permitted me to step back from my ministry and continue to serve when possible. In November 2017, Fran’s niece came from Pennsylvania to help care for Fran. This permitted me to return to my diaconal ministry. We are forever grateful for all the prayers and support from our parish community, our family and all the friends we have made over the years.