A time of physical, spiritual and
A change will take place in my life on 18 August, and that will be a change in your lives as well.In late July I underwent a lengthy evaluation, and was found to be alcohol dependent. Accordingly, I will begin a three-month alcohol treatment program at Guest House in Rochester, Minnesota.
My Vicar General, Father Robert Schremmer, will administer the Diocese in my absence. I am grateful to him for being the first to bring this problem to my attention.
I am also grateful to Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas who added his own observations about my problem. And I am grateful to Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio in Washington, for encouraging me to take this step in Minnesota.
I expect this to be a time of physical, spiritual, and emotional healing for me. As I think about it, it has all the signs of an extended retreat, and that will give me time to absorb this new call from the Lord.
You will be in my prayers daily as you have been these eleven years. I would be most grateful if you would keep me in yours.