On April 1, 2023, I will be heading to Cheyenne once again to speak at the Cheyenne Deanery gathering of the Council of Catholic Women at Holy Trinity Parish. While this event will be smaller in scale, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be back with this amazing group of devoted servants of the Lord.
As I look at the photo above from 2015, I realize I have aged immensely since then. The schedule of speaking engagements during those days, along with all of my work commitments, kept me hopping. My inability to say "no" to certain requests probably did not do my health any favors. Unfortunately, it was also during that time when heart issues were really taking hold as well.
Multiple medications, a heart ablation and four cardioversions only relieved symptoms temporarily. A move from the Mountain West to the low country of South Carolina proved to be just what the doctor ordered. As my health continued to decline, I was referred to a doctor nearly two hours away from where we lived. I was skeptical, but I needed help.
Dr. Jeffrey Winterfield is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Hank and Laurel Greer Chair in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He has my utmost respect and gratitude. While the heart ablation took much longer than anticipated, when I woke up after the procedure my wife said, "The doctor thinks he fixed it." My skepticism remained. However, I recently marked four years of renewed health because of the expertise of this doctor.
My schedule is no longer as rigorous as it once was. I devote my energy now primarily to speaking commitments and writing. Renewed health, and a narrowed focus of my energy, is a blessing for my ministry.
Next up--I preach at the 5:00 PM Mass this Saturday evening and the 8:00 AM Mass on Sunday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Fort Collins, Colorado.
If I can be of service to your parish or organization by leading a retreat, a day of recollection, or a parish mission, please reach out to me. I can be reached at the following email address: