Via The Remnant, I’ve learned that John Vennari (editor of Catholic Family News) went into surgery this morning for a gastric obstruction related to cancer, which he was diagnosed with earlier this year. I do not have an update. This is what John posted yesterday on his Facebook page:
JOHN VENNARI SCHEDULED FOR SURGERY SATURDAY MORNING Requesting Prayers
This is a note to tell my friends that I have to go into surgery on Saturday morning, November 26. Cancer is a nasty beast, and it has caused an obstruction in the GI that must be addressed immediately. Immediately. As noted already, my case has been serious from the start, and this latest problem came to a head at the same time I returned from three weeks of cancer treatment in Mexico.
I am presently not able to update my CFN webpage (I write this note from the hospital). I was blessed to receive the Sacrament of Extreme Unction this afternoon.
Please feel free to forward and/or post this, along with the link below that provides background and info for those who wish to share prayerful and financial support. http://www.oltyn.org/vennari.htm
Thank you for all your prayers and support up until now. Please pray and ask others to pray, especially communities of religious and convents of nuns.
Am I am a little afraid of surgery? Who wouldn’t be? But I place my trust in Our and Our Lady, and take heart from all the kindness and concern I’ve received. Your outpouring of love has been astounding.
I may not be able to update for a few days.
I met John Vennari in Steubenville last year, where he attended the symposium on the family led by Cardinal Burke. When the presentation was over, I saw him walking toward me up the aisle, a smile on his face. Despite being a trailblazer in the traditional Catholic community — a man who has literally been fighting this fight since I was a kid — he sought me out, introduced himself, shook my hand, and congratulated me on the success of 1P5. It was an incredibly classy thing to do, and while we only had the chance to talk for a few minutes, I got the sense immediately of what a good and decent man he is.
Michael Matt, editor of The Remnant, has, unlike me, known John for many years. He writes:
This is too personal for me to comment on here in any detail. John is a brother to me, and this is a very serious surgery. One thing I can do for him right now is to beg the friends and allies of The Remnant all over to the world to stop what you’re doing right now and storm heaven with prayers for our old friend and champion of the Catholic cause–John Vennari. St. Philomena, please intercede on behalf of our brother who is so devoted to you. Our Lady of Fatima, be with him now.
We’re with you every step of the way, John, and we all know exactly what kind of a fighter you are. So fight this too, and we’ll see you after.
I have not heard any updates on his surgery, but at the time of this writing, I’m certain its over. Please, in your kindness, say a prayer for John, and for his health and recovery.
Steve Skojec is the Founding Publisher of OnePeterFive.com. He received his BA in Communications and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2001. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Crisis Magazine, EWTN, Huffington Post Live, The Fox News Channel, Foreign Policy, and the BBC. Steve and his wife Jamie have eight children. You can find more of his writing at his Substack, The Skojec File.