Monday, September 13, 2010

Father Fernando Suarez

A couple of weeks ago, my aunt told me that Father Fernando Suarez would be coming to Connecticut to do a healing mass.  Father Suarez original comes from the Philippines and has claimed to be able to heal all types of ailments from a sore neck to blindness to cancer.  My aunt and my mom insisted that we take Isabella to the healing mass and although I was skeptical, agreed.
While we were at Camp Sunshine a few weeks ago, we shared many stories with other families going through what we are going to now.  We heard stories of people taking their child to all sorts of “non-conventional” healers including some crazy stories with faith healers and with people flopping around the ground as they were “healed”.  Up until a few weeks ago, Julianne and I didn’t have to consider these other healings because the traditional treatment seemed to have worked and that stuff was for desperate families.  But we've tried a bunch of these alternative healings including energy healing, reiki healing, and now here we were walking into the church to attend something that we would have thought was crazy a couple months ago.
The Mass itself was just like any other Mass and Father Suarez gave the homily.  Just from hearing him speak a few sentences, I could immediately sense his kindness and sincerity.  He was also very entertaining and shared many stories from his past.   My favorite one was when he returned to a Canadian church after three years.  He reunited with a couple that he met on his first visit.  The couple was having problems having children and they came to see Father Suarez to help them out.  Well it turns out that after seeing Father Suarez, they had three children in three years, and now they were coming to see him to make it stop! 
The healing portion was scheduled for after the mass.  People who needed healing would walk to the front of the church where Father Suarez would pray over them and heal them.  The priest describing the process to us even joked that you don’t have to fall to the ground to be healed and you don’t have to go back to the end of the line to be healed again!  But just in case you do fall, they were prepared with catchers who stood behind you as you were healed.  (“Just be sure to pick a catcher bigger than you, or it could get messy”, he joked.  Julianne and I laughed thinking about those stories we heard about people convulsing on the ground.) The whole process would only take a few seconds per family/person, but we were dreading it because there were hundreds and hundreds of people attended.  We were sitting in the back of the church and there were hundreds more people waiting in the adjacent parish hall that couldn’t fit in the church. 
Fortunately, they called up families with children who were 7 years old and younger, so we were one of the first ones to be seen when we took Isabella up.  Julianne, my mom, and I walked up with Isabella.  Next to us was another family who I overheard tell Father that their child also had a brain tumor.  When it was finally our turn, Father Suarez walked up to us and we told him that she has a brain tumor.  He told us to close our eyes as he prayed over us and at that moment, I felt a wave of air go over me.  I don’t know if he was blowing on me, or if it was the ceiling fans, or what it was, but I felt a giant sense of comfort and peace.  My mom and Julianne were crying as we finished up, thanked Father Suarez, and left the church.
We don’t have another MRI scheduled until next weekend so we won’t know anything until then, but Julianne and I were glad to have gone.
We would also like to give a special thanks to our family friend, Reggie, who provided us with special tickets to attend the mass inside the church.  Without those tickets, we would have been in the other building and waited much longer.
If you have a few minutes, I urge you to visit Father Suarez’s website ( and read his amazing story.  He and his group travel worldwide to do healing masses and actually went to Greece this weekend following the healing mass in Connecticut.  He also started a foundation where they feed thousands of malnourished children in the Philippines.
Father Suarez readily admits that he does not heal people himself, but he is just an instrument for God who actually does the healing.  If we had more people like him to spread hope, faith, and love, we would live in a much better world.


  1. Prayer is very powerful. I so believe this to be fact. I pray for your family, Julianne and Roneil, and want you to know that I think of you often from a far. Please stay strong! Blessings to Isabella for a swift recovery and healing journey.


  2. hi my name is michellle stay away from reiki and all types of energy healing this is not of god and yuou are opeing evil doors watch father macahedo he is a exocorsite priest he is inyou tube stay away from that i please do stay away from that that is not of god

  3. I participated in the healing mass of Fr. Suarez. On my way, I keep thinking that I was doing this for my sister-in-law, Eva. I attended a healing mass of Fr Suarez some years ago. That was my only contact on him, about few seconds, as there were lots of people that he needed to pray over. This time, he touched my hand and whisper in Tagalog, what is Eve sick of? That caught me in surprise that he exactly knew why I was there? This event happened in Seattle, St Edward Catholic Church. Praise be the Lord.


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