Prayers For Father Luke

The following letter was written by the sister of Father Luke Suarez of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newtown, CT:

Light of GodMy friends,

    All of you, I am sure, have heard so much about the tragedy in Newtown, CT. Many of you have received emails from me about my younger brother, Father Luke Suarez, who is a priest at St. Rose of Lima parish, a Catholic church just down the road from Sandy Hook Elementary.

He, and his pastor, Monsignor Weiss, arrived at the school within moments of the shooting, and have been caring for the community ever since. The picture I have included was taken at the school.

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    Father Luke has an impossible task before him. His diocese is without a bishop right now…. Monsignor … is personally devastated by the losses. The parish is very large…. The rectory has received serious threats, and as my brother gave the homily Sunday at the noon mass, the church had to be evacuated by SWAT teams. After experiencing identity theft and online hacking incidents, he had to erase all of his internet accounts. After a weekend of endless media requests, notifications and vigils with heartbroken families, and little sleep, he now has two wakes and two funerals every day, until the fourth Sunday of Advent. Father Luke has not even been ordained two years.

    My large family has been trying to send Father Luke our love and support from afar, and one of my brothers was able to visit with him briefly a couple times. All he asks for is prayer.     I have been wracking my brain, trying to think of a way that our beautiful, loving community could tangibly reach out to Father Luke, Monsignor Weiss, and the St. Rose parish, to support them in this most awful of times. I have sent many prayer requests, and I am asking for more prayers again. But I also want to ask everyone to search their hearts, and if the Holy Spirit moves you, please consider sending one of your family’s Christmas cards to the rectory, with a few words of love and encouragement. Here is his address:

    Father Luke Suarez     46 Church Hill Road     Newtown, CT 06470

    My brother has said over and over again that without the prayer support he is receiving, he could not keep going. And this week is only the beginning. Everyone there is still in shock. Their peaceful home has been desecrated by violence. They will need to live with this sorrow forever.

But in our weakness is His strength. Grace abounds. Can you help me carry him through this time of trial?

On a hopeful note, Father Luke did say that no media coverage has even touched the deep, beautiful awakening of faith that has occurred there. Their tiny church, where my children have received sacraments and where Luke was ordained, has been full of people in prayer without ceasing since this tragedy happened. Love is stronger than death.

    Please feel free to share the address with your family, friends, and community. An outpouring of love will sustain these good priests through their impossible ministry–impossible on their own, but possible with God.

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9 Responses to Prayers For Father Luke

  1. sherpa 1 says:

    Thank you for notifying us of your brother and the Church. Sent a sympathy card to the Pozner family today. Praying and lighting candles for everyone in Newtown. What a tragedy. e

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  2. Sharon says:

    Now there’s some information straight from the battle front. Thank you for sharing this.

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  3. maggiemoowho says:

    My prayers go out to all of them.

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  4. BigMamaTEA says:

    Card on the way. Thanks for posting this SDC. Merry Christmas to all of my fellow Treepers.

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  5. PatriotUSA says:

    Have been praying for him since the tragedy unfolded and will send him a note.
    Prayer is the most powerful thing we can do for others and I have no problem nor fears standing the gap for people like Father Luke. or any who need prayer.

    I am humbled and honored to do so. I tell people I work in the shadows and would not it any other way.

    White lights have been sent his way and for all there. he has had a special spot in my daily prayers which are part of who i try to be, like Jesus as much as I can.

    Thanks for posting and will re-post over at PC and put a top of feed.

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  6. Sam says:

    Certainly I will pray for him. And send a card when I can get out again. It’s snowing here.

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  7. akathesob says:

    A very heart warming most needed Christmas read. Thank you, it made me smile and shed a tear as well. Again thanks for sharing… Oh and most shared.

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