While at Mass on Thursday 3/14 I received an email from my good friend Kathleen McCarthy letting me know that Hannah needed prayers. The email said only that Hannah had already had two surgeries and things didn’t look good. Kathleen was also looking to get hold of our mutual friend, Fr. Doug McKay, since they were unable to locate a priest to see Hannah.
I called Kathleen and learned that Hannah had suffered a major heart attack while working as a nurse at Brooke Glen Hospital in Ft. Washington. Hannah had been working the night shift there for a quite awhile. The night shift and the type of work was very hard on her. Most recently she was working with troubled teens and spoke of the “cutters” and how sad it made her to see these young people in such pain.
I was able to get hold of Father McKay since his workshop at Malvern ended a day early because of the election of our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. Father McKay got over to Presbyterian hospital shortly after Hannah had “graduated” around 3:00 PM, the time of Divine Mercy. Father let me know that were a number of Hannah’s friends and co-workers at the hospital and together they prayed for Hannah and each other.
While driving home from work I tuned into Kathleen’s radio show (she is on 800 AM from 5 to 6 PM daily and can also be heard via the Internet at www.inhissign.com). Kathleen and Hannah were the closest of friends and rather than canceling the show she dedicated the hour to Hannah. Many friends, myself included, called in to talk about our relationships with Hannah. There were even a few people that called who had just met her for the first time last weekend at a Women Afire retreat at the retreat house in Malvern. It was a real testament to the woman Hannah is!
Hannah has had a tremendous impact on my life. She always had a smile and she was a “hugger”. I never met anyone who liked a good hug as much as she did. She was also one of the Calix Society’s biggest cheerleaders. It was through Hannah that I came to know radio host Kathleen McCarthy who has become a great friend of Calix. It is through these relationships that I have come closer to Christ and actually made the decision to make a go of my own ministry, Not Saints Yet!
Today I am thanking God for bringing Hannah to Calix. A number of people have been helped as a direct result of interacting with her as well as the promotion of the Society that has taken place as a result of our relationship with Kathleen McCarthy and her ministry, In His Sign Network.
Hannah had no living (blood) family and is now reunited with her parents in Heaven. Her good friend Dianne L. is in the process of making the funeral arrangements and as soon as they are finalized I will post them here and email them to our Philly Calix distribution list.
As I mentioned in an email yesterday, I am certain that Hannah is enjoying the Beatific Vision while listening to the angels singing their beautiful hymns of praise to our God.
In closing I would just like to tell Hannah, my friend, “Well done, good and faithful servant”.