Dear Families in Christ,
There is no easy way in writing this, but you need to know that our beloved pastor, Fr. Steven Voss, has been moved to hospice care in Phoenix.
Father was flown late Thursday to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix to have more definitive testing and a possible surgical procedure; the tests showed that cancer had, in fact, spread through much of his abdomen, making surgery impossible. A return flight to Colorado is not possible as Father’s health is quickly declining.
I am sure people who have been praying and sacrificing for so long may wonder why God did not answer our prayers, but He has and always does. Your prayers and little notes of love and care meant the world to him; it is what has kept him going and remaining so positive these many years in dealing with cancer and the various nauseating pills and painful treatments connected with it. (Most people would never have suspected what he was going through. Yes, your prayers were very much answered.)
He is being given the hydration and pain medicines he needs to be comfortable. His good friend, Fr. Greg Ames, has been there with him and will offer Holy Mass with and for him tonight. His family is also by his side.
I know this is painfully difficult for you and for all of us. Your prayers are still needed; pray for him to now die in peace; pray for his father and sisters, his staff, his good friends, the Archbishop and fellow priests and deacons.
As other news comes forth, I will let you know.
God bless you, and God bless Fr. Steven.