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A call to prayer for healing and justice (Re: Fr. Eusebio Pablito Maghari)

Cavaliers, Cyber Prayer Warriors, Friends and Families who pray with us - a call to prayer! 2010-04-88

Fr. EUSEBIO PABLITO MAGHARI - a prayer for healing and justice

Gravely ill priest terminated by NY Archdiocese for being sick after 6 years service

"Holy and Immortal God, we praise You and we adore You.

We now lift up to You your servant Fr. EUSEBIO who is afflicted with End Stage Renal Disease and terminated by the New York Archdiocese for being sick.

Lord, the report we received seemingly describes a case of injustice, ingratitude and inhumanity that only Divine Intervention can resolve. As prayer warriors in cyberspace, we maintain a positive mindset and humbly pray for his healing.

As mere mortals, we will let go and let God resolve his situation in accordance with Your Holy Will, beseeching You to take care of this priest with Your Divine balm of Love and Tenderness, sparing him from further anguish and suffering but most of all, to fortify his priestly attitude and avoid hatred and anger toward his former superiors.

With the gift of discernment from the Holy Spirit, let him realize and distinguish between the broad entirety of the Roman Catholic Church and the one segment only of the New York Archdiocese - two vastly different entities.

Always in the Risen Christ, we pray. Amen."

Cavalier Cyber Prayer Warriors


The above is the response to a prayer request addressed to the president of Cavalier Cyber Prayer Warriors, Col. Butch Moreto, Jr. (Ret.), regarding the sad plight of Fr. Eusebio Pablito Maghari who, according to published reports including the Pedestrian Observer GB as well as a message from our friend Col. Romy Monteyro (Ret.), had served for 33 years as ordained Roman Catholic Church parish priest in his hometown of Antique when he was recruited by the NY Archdiocese in 2003 to help minister to the Filipinos and Filipino-American members of the diocese, particularly St. Peter's Church in New Brighton, Staten Islands.

After six years of dedicated priestly duties, however, Father Maghari was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease, a very serious affliction that requires daily or weekly dialysis, depending on the severity of the disease. Soon after the Archdiocese of New York decided to terminate his job, stripped him of his priestly duties, salary, health insurance and threw him out to the streets. The Rev. Fr. Thomas Devery of the Archdiocese' Office of Priest Personnel wrote him a letter dated November 10, 2009 which reads in part as follows:

"Dear Father Maghari, Given the situation that you are about to undertake: kidney dialysis three times a week, the loss of vision in one eye and the balance of your gait at this time, the rectory is not the appropriate place for you to live.

I know that this is difficult to accept at this time and we are truly grateful for all the wonderful priestly service you have given to our Archdiocese. We do place you in the loving hands of Our Blessed Mother and pray now for the grace of your acceptance of this difficult situation".

Unfortunately, after the flurry of indignation over this gross injustice committed by the NY Archdiocese to one of their own, there seems to be a lull of reaction even from us, his kababayans. Is this another illustration of our infamous ningas-kugon mentality? I earnestly urge everyone that we continue to help and advocate for the cause of Fr. Maghari.

D. Grava

Dionesio C. Grava - Part-time community journalist based in Los Angeles and editorial writer at Forum Asia.

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