Pray for a Great Priest!

by Steve Ray on October 7, 2007

UPDATE 10/9/2007
The first biopsy of the mass in his lung was, unfortunately, inconclusive. He is undergoing another biopsy this morning. He is then scheduled to meet with Dr. Orringer, an internationally acclaimed thoracic surgeon, at U of M this Friday, Oct. 12th, at 8:00 a.m. (It is an appointment and not a surgery date.) Please continue to pray for wisdom for the doctors and for the Lord’s grace to surround Fr. Gerald in every way he needs it.

UPDATE 10/7/2007
Here is the message Fr. Gerald wrote for his parish. He is going in for a lot of tests and my cousin Ron Ray is taking him to the Solanis Casey Center in Detroit for prayer this week. Stay tuned!

Fr. Gerald Gawrowski is a young, vivacious, orthodox priest in love with Jesus and His Church. He has been the spiritual director for a number of our Holy Land pilgrimages. Everyone loved him. He was going to accompany our pilgrimage group to Rome October 10-19 but had to cancel.


 He would be aghast knowing I have put this on-line since he is very humble and non-assertive. He wants to help people not be the center of attention himself. I would only have done this since it was already made public through an e-mail announcement from a local parish.

(Picture: Fr. Gerald assisting pilgrims with renewal of baptismal vows in the Jordan River.)
Click here for his parish website.

But he needs our prayers at this point. Even though he is an avid runner and very careful with his diet, they have just diagnosed him with a large tumor or growth in his lung that has spread to his bones.

 He is very relaxed about it — he is right with God, but I would like to ask the faithful to pray for this good man that God's will would be done.


  • Fr. Gerald Gawrowski was a blessing on our pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2005.
    He left a great impression on all who were in his company by his deep love for his devotion to the priesthood and love for God.
    Fr. Gawrowski will be on my mind and in my prayers.
    Thank you Steve.

  • Denis Bach says:

    Fr. Gerald graced St. Mary Cathedral for 1 year and catching him as presider was always a treat. I just sent a note to Msgr. Murphy to put up a link to Fr. Gerald’s blog (as I walked in on a conversation about Fr. Gerald after mass there and know that many would want good info). In the blog I don’t see anything conclusive (thank God!) and nothing about it ‘spread to his bones.’ As a fellow runner I could very quickly relate to a lung issue since running is especially a benefit to the health of the lungs. Ever since I’ve heard I’ve prayed much. From personal experience I’ve seen that ‘diagnosis’ is sometimes more ‘art’ than ‘science’ and I see some of that in the blog. God’s UTMOST best to Fr. Gerald and all touched by the ripples of this time of great trial AND
    (pre MSU v MI football) GO MSU !!!
    Denis Bach

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