Most of you know who Prof. Ralph McInerny is at Notre Dame. He is a world-renown philosopher and very respected in Catholic circles of higher thinking. During my time at ND he agreed to do a few different 'directed readings' courses with me so that I could get around some bad Theology classes. His course on Vatican II quickly turned from a directed reading with me and a few others into a 30 student course. We would meet in his big office (in the Maritain Center) at the Library one night a week -and we would all sit on the floor around him as he explained the documents and 'what went wrong' in the American Church because of misinterpretations.
(Kim Letherby (now with new married name), Bridget Monahan, (Fr. Michael) Tim Monahan, Prof. McInerny, (Fr.) Steve Titus, Bridget (McCarthy) Kauffman, Todd Titus, Mary Kloska and Samuel Vasquez):
Just this last Spring when I was in the Philippines I met a group of Maryknoll seminarians who could not believe that I knew 'the prophet' (which is what they called Prof. McInerny). They had spent last year studying his works and said he changed their lives. Anyway, Theresa sent me this e-mail this morning -he is very sick and needs our prayers.
Hi all, Amy McInerny just e-mailed to ask for prayers for her father-in-law, Ralph McInerny, who I’m sure many of you know as a wonderful philosopher and long time faculty member at ND. He had surgery for esophageal cancer over the summer, and is currently hospitalized with related serious problems. Here’s Amy’s request:
“ I'm writing to ask a small favor. I'm sure you've heard that Ralph is in extremes. Danny called his siblings to come the day before yesterday. Could I trouble you to post a prayer request on the HS group list-serve? I know those CHSM families are powerful prayer warriors! We are pounding heaven for the gift of final perseverance. As Danny said last night on the phone "He is on the cross right now." May he find his heaven in God's merciful time! “
Please keep this holy, good man in your prayers. He truly was a light for the Church -especially at Notre Dame.