Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We give thanks to God that the by-pass surgery today for Fr Joachim has gone well. The doctor who performed the operation is very happy with the results and reported that the surgery proceeded normally and without any complication. The surgery involved creating four by-passes for Fr Joachim’s heart. For the next twenty four hours Fr Joachim will be in the intensive care ward and will be sedated in order to allow recovery from this surgery. Within the next few days we will communicate more news of his condition as it progresses. Please continue to remember Fr Joachim in your prayers.
[from Passionist Secretary General, Rome]