Nurse with Ebola uplifted by prayer and Catholic faith

nina-phamFrom Women of Grace blog:

Nina Pham, the dedicated Dallas nurse who was infected with Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient to die in the U.S., is a devout Catholic whose faith very much informed her work as a nurse. is reporting that Pham, 26, is currently in stable condition after receiving a blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly, the American doctor who survived Ebola.

Blood from survivors is thought to contain antibodies and proteins that may help victims to fight off the disease.

Meanwhile, Pham’s family and friends attended a special Mass for her on Monday night at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Fort Worth.

“I think 90 percent of what she is doing at the hospital is directly involved with her faith,” said Tom Ha, a friend of the family.

Ha, who is vice president of the Vietnamese American Community in Tarrant County, and a Bible teacher at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church where Pham’s family worships, is asking the faithful to pray for Pham.

“Please pray for her and her family, because we believe in the power of prayer,” Ha said, adding that the Pham family practically lives at their parish.

In a statement released by the hospital on Tuesday, Pham wrote:

“I’m doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers. I am blessed by the support of family and friends and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world here at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.”

Read more at the Women of Grace blog.


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Huge crowd gathers for Rosary Rally in San Francisco

The crowd prays the Luminous Mysteries at United Nations Plaza

The crowd prays the Luminous Mysteries at United Nations Plaza

More than 1,000 people gathered at United Nations Plaza on Saturday for the 4th annual San Francisco Rosary Rally.

The event started with the Annual Hispanic Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, followed by a Eucharistic procession from the cathedral to United Nations Plaza.

At the rally, the crowd prayed the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, and priests were available to hear confessions throughout the event. Fr. Joseph Illo, pastor of Star of the Sea Church and the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, served as Master of Ceremonies and EWTN host Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR gave the keynote speech.

Archbishop Cordileone said of the event:

“Pope Francis has repeatedly encouraged Catholics to participate in popular devotions. He himself has participated in several acts of popular devotion since becoming Pope. … Our Rosary Rally is a good example of what the Holy Father calls ‘the evangelizing power of popular piety.'”

Immaculate Heart Radio broadcast live from the Rally, interviewing event organizers and speakers.

A beautiful Saturday for a Rosary Rally!

A beautiful Saturday for a Rosary Rally!

Our broadcast team interviews Eva Muntean (left) and Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR (right)

Our broadcast team interviews Eva Muntean (left) and Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR (right)

Visit the Family Rosary Crusade web site for more information on the San Francisco Rosary Rally.

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Pray the Rosary – At Least Sometimes

Today is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and Caitlin Marchand has a very encouraging and inspiring piece over at Catholic Exchange for those of us who have a hard time making the Rosary a part of our lives. Caitlin writes:


In my experience there are many families with a deep devotion to the Rosary.  They pray it every night and make a point to join public recitations before or after Mass.  Then there are other families who don’t.  And somehow it seems like you have to choose one or the other: Say the Rosary every night or not at all except extraordinary occasions.  This seems a bit odd.

Caitlin recounts how she and her husband prayed the Rosary together every day when they were first married, until the birth of their first baby.

Somewhere around a year later we woke up and noticed we had barely prayed family prayers beyond God blesses since his arrival.  I think this is where many people in the “not Rosary people” camp find themselves.  It’s just not happening!  Don’t give up.  Pray the Rosary, at least sometimes.

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