(E-mail from Catholic Exchange)
Renowned TV priest Father Benedict Groeschel, author of numerous books and popular EWTN commentator, was hit by a car near Orlando International Airport Sunday night, according to reports on the national radio program, Morning Air with Jeff Cavins. He is in stable but critical condition at the intensive care unit at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Details remain sketchy, but reports are that he had just arrived in Orlando and was walking to a place for food when he was struck, possibly breaking a leg and arm. Latest reports indicate that he is partially conscious and awaiting surgery. We humbly ask all to pray for this fine priest.
I was with Fr. Groeschel yesterday morning at a Marian and Eucharistic Conference in Paso Robles, California. We spoke about Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of The Christ, and the growth of Catholic radio and made plans to speak by phone again next week. After praying the rosary in the conference center, Father took the stage to encourage the audience of a thousand Catholics to develop and spread the devotion of Eucharistic Adoration. Instead of applause at the end of his powerful speech, he asked for a Marian hymn to be sung. ("I can't stand applause," he told the adoring crowd.) As the thousand faithful raised their voices in song, Father left the stage and the building to hurry to the airport to make his flight to Florida.
I am deeply saddened to hear of this accident, and ask all members of the Catholic Exchange family to please keep good Fr. Groeschel in your prayers.
Sincerely in Christ,
President, Catholic Exchange
Producer, Starboard Network