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Sacred Heart's Monsignor Klimek sends a message about his health

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WQOW (Eau Claire)-  Monsignor Klimek, the longtime priest at Eau Claire's Sacred Heart hospital, has chosen to give an update on his health.

Monsignor Klimek broke his arm a few weeks ago and has been facing a number of health complications since. In a message posted to the hospital's website he says he knows his time on earth will soon come to an end and has asked to be placed on comfort care.

He went on to thank the community for their prayers, cards and support and says he is at peace. 

Monsignor Klimek has been with Sacred Heart Hospital for 45 years. 

 

Monsignor Klimek's message

My dear friends,

It is with a grateful heart that I wish to express my deepest gratitude for your prayers during these past few weeks. I have received so many beautiful cards, and your expressions of care and concern have deeply touched me.

Since I broke my arm three weeks ago, I have faced a number of other complications. After much prayerful reflection, and discussions with my physicians, I have decided to forgo any additional treatment, and I have asked to be placed on comfort care. I will remain a patient in the hospital and only receive medication that will offer me physical comfort, such as medicine for pain.

My time on this earth will soon come to an end. But we know, as people of faith, that death is not the end, but the beginning – the beginning of life with our Heavenly Father, for which we were all made.  

The late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago wrote a book entitled The Gift of Peace, which he finished just a few weeks before he passed away from cancer. I'd like to share with you a short passage, which I find most meaningful. The Cardinal wrote:

"As I write these final words, my heart is filled with joy. I am at peace. I will soon experience new life in a different way. Although I do not know what to expect in the afterlife, I do know that just as God has called me to serve him to the best of my ability throughout my life on earth, he is now calling me home."

I want to assure all of you that I, too, am at peace. I have been so blessed during my priestly ministry these past 60 years. I am deeply grateful that I was able to journey with the sick, the suffering, and the dying for 45 years at Sacred Heart Hospital. The colleagues and physicians at Sacred Heart have become a part of my family. All of you who attend Mass in this beautiful Chapel have become a part of my family.  I thank Almighty God every day for the precious gift of each and every one of you.

While I know that many of you would like to visit with me, I'm afraid that is not possible. So I ask all of you to please keep me in your prayers.

God bless you all.

Father Klimek

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