Bishop Muench Provides Update on Health of Fr. Than Vu
March 11, 2014
Dear Priests, Deacons, and Catholic Life Center Family,
Knowing our mutual concern for our beloved brother, Fr. Than Vu, I offer this update regarding his health.
For the last five months, we have journeyed with Fr. Than through the many challenges he’s faced: the news that his cancer had reoccurred, the carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel surgeries, the surgery to re-attach his retina and the cataract surgery afterwards. Our prayers, expressions of love and support, have touched him deeply. Although he was unable to thank each of us personally, he is profoundly grateful for every note, email, text message, phone call, prayer, and other gestures of kindness he’s received.
In October when it was discovered that Fr. Than’s cancer had reoccurred, the doctors prescribed that he undergo radiation treatment, which lasted two weeks. The scans after the radiation treatment showed good results. Nonetheless the cancer’s reoccurrence indicated that the pill (oral chemo) which he had been taking for the last 4 years was no longer having its full effect. When first diagnosed over 4 years ago, he had to decide between undergoing traditional or oral chemotherapy (taking a pill every day). He chose the latter, which, thank God, worked for over 4 years. Now he’s facing the same decision he faced then: traditional or oral chemotherapy. Once again he chose to take the oral chemotherapy and is going to MD Anderson Center in Houston this week to enroll in the clinical trial for a pill that works in a similar way to the one he took for the last 4 years. Please pray that it works!
Our continued prayers for Fr. Than mean so much to him, as well as to us. We know he holds each of us in his heart and prayers.
Sincerely in Christ,
Robert W. Muench
Bishop of Baton Rouge
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Letter & video from Cardinal Donald Wuerl
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Dear Brother Bishop,
As you know the Rallies and Masses for Life at both the Verizon Center and the D.C. Armory in Washington are a testimony to our Catholic youths’ devotion to the Gospel of Life, and love for the Church. This VIDEO attempts to capture this commitment and joy, and it is a pleasure for me to send it to you along with my great appreciation for your presence at this testimony to the value, dignity and sacredness of human life.
With every personal good wish, I am
Faithfully in Christ,
Donald Cardinal Wuerl
Archbishop of Washington
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