Today, April 3, 2014, 7:30 AM (Rome time), our Superior General, Most Rev Fr. Joachim Rego will undergo heart by-pass surgery in the University Hospital of Umberto I, Rome, Italy. According to the doctors, there are some serious concerns with the circulation of blood to his heart. Though it is not considered an emergency situation, it is prudent to overcome the blockages in his arteries by surgery and to ensure his health.

After the surgery, normally, Fr. Joachim will be in the intensive care ward and later in the normal ward at least one week for recuperation and rest.

First General Consultor, Fr. Augusto Canali will temporarily take over the schedule of Fr. General until he regains his health.

We all ask for your prayers for the success of Fr. General’s heart by-pass operation and the return of his full health.

The email yesterday of Fr. Paul Cerukudoth, the General Secretary gives details:

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To all the members of our Congregation and the Passionist Family.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Our Superior General, Fr. Joachim Rego has over the past weeks undertaken a series of health tests.

In the past 24 hours it was determined that there are some serious concerns with the circulation of blood to his heart.

The doctors have determined that although there is not an emergency situation at present, it is very prudent to make a surgical intervention at this point in order to overcome the blockages in his arteries and to ensure better health into the future.

Thus, tomorrow Thursday 3rd April, at around 07.30am Fr Joachim will undergo heart by-pass surgery at the University Hospital of Umberto I, Rome.

Following surgery, as is normal practice, Fr Joachim will be in the intensive care ward and later in the normal wards for a minimum of one week. Following this there will be a time of recuperation and rest.

As our Constitutions state, in the period of time that Fr Joachim is prevented from acting, the first Consultor Fr Augusto Canali will substitute. It will be necessary to make some amendments to the schedule of Fr General in the coming months.

Any communicatons or letters for the Superior General should now be sent to the Secretary General until further notice.

When we have further information, post surgery, we will communicate this to you.

Please keep Fr Joachim in your prayers over these next days.

Paul Cherukoduth, CP
Secretary General
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