Praise God for his goodness! 🙌
Fr. John Hollowell of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis announced on Jan. 30 that he was healed of a brain tumor while visiting Lourdes, France.
The pastor of Annunciation Catholic Church in Brazil, Indiana was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in early 2020. He decided to offer all of his suffering for the victims of clergy abuse.
In the YouTube video announcement, Fr. Hollowell provides a brief history and the providential nature of his diagnosis and healing.
He received his diagnosis on the Feb. 11 feast of Our Lady of Lourdes in 2020 at the Mayo Clinic.
“I found out that I had a brain tumor up at the Mayo Clinic on Feb. 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. That night, I actually had Mass in the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes.”
Fr. Hollowell then explains the Mayo Clinic’s history, which began after a Franciscan abbess’ supernatural vision.
“The abbess had vision of a hospital and Jesus told her to go into town and find Dr. Mayo. So she did, and that’s how the Mayo clinic started,” the priest said. “The nuns were the early nurses of the hospital. The Mayo clinic is actually connected, and in the same building as the chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes.”
The priest since underwent surgery and treatment, but shortly before he left for Lourdes, his tumor returned. However, he said he was at peace with death if God willed it.
“The MRI showed it growing back,” he said. “In fact, the MRI also found a tumor on my pituitary gland. I was okay if I died…I was willing to make the the sacrifice for victims of of Catholic clergy abuse.
“But I thought, if I go to Lourdes and I’m healed there, then that might have an impact on some of my fallen away family and friends from the Catholic Church. So I went there and I was healed,” he said.
“Thanks be to God,” the priest rejoiced. “I’m just very excited–I was happy either way, but again, I went to Lourdes and was healed.”
Fr. Hollowell then concludes his announcement thanking his viewers for their prayers.
Watch the video below:
Many social media users rejoiced after hearing the news.
Solitary Sister Veronica Paul wrote, “Wow! What a wonderful Glory Story! Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. St. Bernadette, pray for us.”
Another social media user said, “Praise be to Our Lord, Our Triune God! Fr. Hollowell has been on my prayer list since his diagnosis (actually before as he is such a holy priest) and this is Glorious News!!! Thanks be to God!!! May Our Lord continue to bless Fr. Hollowell richly, as he serves Jesus & us daily!
This Twitter user added, “I do remember him! What a beautiful grace he received. He’s such a holy priest.”
Twitter user Karolina Beccue also said, “What a piece of news! I am so happy for him! Yeah, Our Lady is the best…”