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Fr. Benedict Groeschel suffers stroke
NCR ^ | March 30, 2009 | catholicandgop

Posted on 03/31/2009 5:48:13 AM PDT by NYer

Father Groeschel speaks last October during EWTN's Family Celebration at Northern Illinois University. (CNS)

Father Benedict Groeschel, whose whole life has been spent preaching the Gospel, suffered a minor stroke in mid-March, leaving him with some speech difficulties.

Father Benedict made the news public on his regular Sunday evening talk show March 29 on the Eternal Word Television Network, “Sunday Night Life with Father Benedict Groeschel.”

Appearing before a life audience, the 75-year-old Franciscan Friar of the Renewal noted that he had missed the show the previous Sunday because he had suffered a stroke overnight March 20-21. Another member of his community, Father Andrew Apostoli, also well-known to EWTN viewers, substituted for him.

Father Benedict’s speech was obviously impaired as he revealed the news, and he misspoke Father Andrew’s name as Father Augustine.

He also confused a recent story in the news when he said that the University of Notre Dame was receiving an award from President Obama.

But Father Benedict said that his speech difficulties improve as he continues to talk, and, in fact, by the time the one-hour program was over, he was speaking much more normally. He even poked fun at himself for getting Father Andrew’s name wrong: “I’ll never live that down.”

His guest on the program was author Immaculée Ilibagiza, whose book “Left to Tell” described her experience during the mid-1990s tribal conflict in Rwanda that left 800,000 people dead. Although the subject of the interview was her new book, “Our Lady of Kibeho,” and the Vatican’s approval of the apparition, Father Benedict and callers to the program also discussed Ilibagiza’s survival of the atrocities in Rwanda and the role her faith played in it.

As if to drive home the need for faith and hope during such times, Father Benedict near the end of the program repeated the news that he had suffered a stroke. He said he decided to go ahead with his program so that viewers who may be suffering in some way won’t give up.

Father Groeschel also announced that he was beginning a new series on the network.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: catholic; groeschel; livenotlife

1 posted on 03/31/2009 5:48:13 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
Anyone ever notice that Fr. Groeschel bears a stong resemblence to St. Benedict.


2 posted on 03/31/2009 5:49:11 AM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

For anyone who has not seen Fr. Groeschel’s program on EWTN,I highly recommend it.He is a brilliant,well educated man with a lot of common sense,a sense of humor and a great amount of experience.


3 posted on 03/31/2009 6:07:49 AM PDT by ardara
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To: ardara
For anyone who has not seen Fr. Groeschel’s program on EWTN,I highly recommend it.

Ditto! Like Archbishop Sheen, his viewing audience is composed of people from all faiths and even no faith at all. It was painful to watch him stammer last Sunday yet also inspiring when he announced that he would continue to host the Sunday show even announcing the next 8 part series.

Mother Angelica also suffered a series of strokes that have left her silent.

4 posted on 03/31/2009 6:22:12 AM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer
Sunday Night: Live


5 posted on 03/31/2009 6:37:43 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: NYer
Oh, dear. Thanks so much for posting this. I missed his program last week and hadn't heard the news.

His is one of the best programs on EWTN. I appreciate his humor and his thoughtful explanations. I also highly recommend the program.

6 posted on 03/31/2009 6:46:41 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: NYer

That’s it! I saw the Icon of St. Benedict again recently and thought to myself that he looks like someone I’d seen but couldn’t place it. Fr. Groeschel is such a blessing to us, he has my continued prayers.


7 posted on 03/31/2009 7:26:51 AM PDT by fortunecookie (Please pray for Anna, age 7, who waits for a new kidney.)
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To: NYer

My prayers are with Father. He is certainly amazing to listen to and is most blessed with the Gift of Wisdom.


8 posted on 03/31/2009 7:48:38 AM PDT by Gerish (Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.)
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To: NYer

Prayers....


9 posted on 03/31/2009 8:53:30 AM PDT by onedoug
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10 posted on 03/31/2009 9:06:41 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer

“Like Archbishop Sheen, his viewing audience is composed of people from all faiths and even no faith at all.”

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Very true.

I wonder how many of those people are aware that Fr. Groeschel’s wisdom (like Archbishop Sheen), is built on the solid foundation of nasty old rigid, judgmental, dogmatic Catholicism.


11 posted on 03/31/2009 9:13:31 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: NYer

Fr. Groeschel included a passionate denunciation of the shameful acts at Notre Dame and asked his audience — that is you and me — to keep the pressure on them.

May the good Lord give him strength and long years. Lord, give succor to your faithful servant Benedict. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.


12 posted on 03/31/2009 9:30:14 AM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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Prayers for Father Groeschel’s healing.


13 posted on 03/31/2009 9:32:00 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: EyeGuy
I wonder how many of those people are aware that Fr. Groeschel’s wisdom (like Archbishop Sheen), is built on the solid foundation of nasty old rigid, judgmental, dogmatic Catholicism.

*snicker* Let's not tell them. Let them just absorb it. ;o)

14 posted on 03/31/2009 9:32:42 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: EyeGuy

Oh, and God Bless Fr. Groeschel!


15 posted on 03/31/2009 9:33:11 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: NYer

Prayers for the good Father


16 posted on 03/31/2009 9:44:15 AM PDT by Norman Bates
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To: NYer

I love this man. Prayers going up.


17 posted on 03/31/2009 10:07:16 AM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: NYer
But Father Benedict said that his speech difficulties improve as he continues to talk, and, in fact, by the time the one-hour program was over, he was speaking much more normally.

WOW, I had no idea. I was watching the repeat of the program and came in after he said he was "sick". He was fumbling his words a little and I told my wife that Father Groeschel was fumbling his words a little and that he must have still been "under the weather". I thought he had a bad cold or virus or something but WOW!. He was absolutely speaking much more clearly and fluidly by the end of the show. WHAT A TROOPER!

God Bless the good father!

18 posted on 03/31/2009 10:22:25 AM PDT by frogjerk (NO TAXATION FOR REAMORTIZATION!)
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To: Salvation

Prayer said.


19 posted on 03/31/2009 11:12:51 AM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: ardara

Yeah, he is a treasure! I’ve grown a good bit spiritually just listening to him.

I know that there are also a good many non-Catholic Christians who enjoy his insights and observations.

Prayers for his health.


20 posted on 03/31/2009 11:25:10 AM PDT by incredulous joe
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To: SuziQ; EyeGuy
There is also something very pragmatic and earthbound about Groeschel though. He is what I would call open-minded and welcoming with other cultures and faiths; I kind of see this as a way that he has of drawing people in to at least hear the Gospel. Possibly, people who are very quick to close the door.

I believe some of this is due to his background as a psychologist. He knows and understands people by faith and spirituality as well as by reason and nature.

As you probably also know, and have heard him discuss, he was educated in a very aggressively secular environment.

His experiences makes him most unique ~ like a rare gem.

21 posted on 03/31/2009 11:34:10 AM PDT by incredulous joe
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To: EyeGuy

Get a grip.


22 posted on 03/31/2009 12:01:04 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (Stop the lying marxist Chicago-thug Kenyan teleprompTer-savant NOW before our Republic is gone!)
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To: Fudd Fan

Explain.


23 posted on 03/31/2009 12:07:56 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: EyeGuy

This is a reverential thread. I’m not going to disrespect those posting here with dear hearts by arguing with someone who hates religion.


24 posted on 03/31/2009 12:13:24 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (Stop the lying marxist Chicago-thug Kenyan teleprompTer-savant NOW before our Republic is gone!)
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To: Fudd Fan

That is a complete misread on your part (but not by others in the thread).

You are accepting the derogatory Leftist definitions of terms like dogma, judgmentalism and rigidity.

I was using them in the proper, complimentary way to characterize the blessings of the essentially unchanging Catholic belief and Faith.


25 posted on 03/31/2009 12:20:22 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: NYer

I love Fr. Groeschel!!

I had the honor of hearing him speak and meeting him when he was in Louisville, KY just several weeks ago....he autographed my book and gave me a blessing.

Prayers going up!!!!!


26 posted on 03/31/2009 1:39:24 PM PDT by MasonGal
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To: MasonGal

How blessed you are to have met and received his blessing. He’s a veritable trooper and will continue to work the vineyard until the end.


27 posted on 03/31/2009 1:44:52 PM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

Prayers lifted for him.


28 posted on 03/31/2009 1:45:41 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: NYer

Prayer bump


29 posted on 03/31/2009 6:11:10 PM PDT by Tribune7 (Obama wants to put the same crowd that ran Fannie Mae in charge of health care)
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To: Fudd Fan; EyeGuy

EyeGuy’s post shows that he admires Fr. Groeschel to the utmost, and therefore, is not a hater of religion.

It really distresses me to see someone jumped on like that.


30 posted on 03/31/2009 7:30:09 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Don't worry, be hope-y.)
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To: NYer

God bless Fr. Benedict!


31 posted on 03/31/2009 7:43:07 PM PDT by rbosque (10 year Freeper!)
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To: La Enchiladita

“EyeGuy’s post shows that he admires Fr. Groeschel to the utmost, and therefore, is not a hater of religion.”

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Indeed I do. Both the good Father, and my Catholic faith as well.

I appreciate your post very much. Thank you.


32 posted on 03/31/2009 8:39:46 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: La Enchiladita

That’s not the way I interpreted his post.


33 posted on 04/01/2009 9:14:12 AM PDT by Fudd Fan (Stop the lying marxist Chicago-thug Kenyan teleprompTer-savant NOW before our Republic is gone!)
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To: NYer

Godspeed, Fr. Groeschel.


34 posted on 04/01/2009 9:26:30 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("...those issues can't interfere with the global economic crisis." - Hillary Clinton on Human Rights)
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To: EyeGuy

If that’s the way you meant it, then please accept my humble apologies.

It really didn’t seem that way to me.


35 posted on 04/01/2009 11:45:23 AM PDT by Fudd Fan (Stop the lying marxist Chicago-thug Kenyan teleprompTer-savant NOW before our Republic is gone!)
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To: Fudd Fan

No apology necessary whatsoever.

Miscommunication of meaning and nuance are commonplace in a text-only medium like the internet.

Father Groeschel looked good on EWTN last night. He was discussing Lenten issues, so I assumed it was a current appearance, but on further consideration, it may have been a replay from previous years.


36 posted on 04/01/2009 11:57:09 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: EyeGuy
Miscommunication of meaning and nuance are commonplace in a text-only medium like the internet.

Excellent point. I rarely jump on people who don't deserve it. In any case thanks for being gracious.

37 posted on 04/01/2009 11:59:00 AM PDT by Fudd Fan (Stop the lying marxist Chicago-thug Kenyan teleprompTer-savant NOW before our Republic is gone!)
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To: incredulous joe
"There is also something very pragmatic and earthbound about Groeschel though."

That's been my experience with virtually every ascetic I've ever met.

38 posted on 04/01/2009 12:02:01 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: NYer

In my prayers.

He is one of the best speakers on EWTN


39 posted on 04/01/2009 6:58:04 PM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: NYer

Prayers!


40 posted on 04/02/2009 8:09:10 PM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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