Caring Bridge Site for Father Ben Hadrich October 22 —Change of Address & A Message from Him!

Fr. Ben Hadrich-patient
Patient Care Unit-Generose 4E 
Mayo Clinic Hospital,  St. Mary’s Campus 1216 2nd St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

Journal Entry by Hadrich Family — 1 hour ago

October 20, 2020

Journal Entry by Hadrich Family — October 20, 2020

Thursday Oct.20 

Fr Ben:
”Thank you for your prayers.

The neurological team: doctors, nurses, and therapists are especially appreciated for helping me make brain/ body connections. This enables me to make a lot of progress. 

Progress with moving my left leg can be observed on my Facebook page.”

Sunday, Oct 18, 2020

Day 29

Fr. Ben is now posting comments on his Facebook site. However, we were asked to continue making a weekly update on this site and are happy to do this.

Fr. Ben asked that we share the following:

1. It was emotional yet gratifying to view the live stream internet  Mass from St. Thomas Aquinas this morning and getting to observe parishioners and visitors of all ages coming forward to receive Holy Communion. 

2. He is grateful for your prayers, and he wants you to know of his prayers for you. He sent a ”digital blessing.” 

3. He is one with those experiencing medical challenges amid covid policies resulting in isolation and loneliness. 

Praise God! Father Ben’s family has informed us he is now posting his own updates via his FB account! You can reach him there. Please keep all of them in your prayers! God bless you, Fr. Ben.

Wednesday, October 14
Day 25

”Powerful day,” said Fr. Ben referring to concelebrating Mass with Fr. Franklin in a beautiful chapel at St. Mary’s Hospital In Rochester.

Fr. Ben posted a video on his Facebook page. Check it out.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Day 20

Fr.Ben had a good night’s rest, followed by several productive Therapy sessions.

A significant accomplishment: He sat upright without assistance using his strong right side, visual focus, and balance.

With much assistance,  he took guided walking steps to encourage muscle memory. 

He received Holy Eucharist and had Chipotle for lunch.

He ended the day with an online Mass,  Facetime with his nieces, and enjoying his mail.

God’s will be done.

You are a priest forever!! A blessing to us!

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Day 19

Today Fr. Ben transitioned from puréed foods to solids by eating a McDonald’s cheeseburger and fries! He’s still on thickened liquids, so no Coke, yet.

Progress is slow but steady!

Wednesday, October 7
Day 18

Fr. Ben had his fullest day yet.
Following a morning of Physical and Occupational Therapies, he was able to concelebrate Mass with Fr. Frankin.

This! Was! The! BEST!

An equally busy afternoon followed. 

He got approval for a room “upgrade” AKA, a room with two windows facing outdoors- trees and blue sky. (His previous room faced an indoor open area.) He asked if he might shoot a goose from his room. (In addition to world-renowned medical care, Rochester is noted for a very high goose population.)

***Photo: Fr. Ben is reading the Gospel during Mass.

You’re an inspiration, Father Ben Hadrich & we send our prayers for you!

If you’ve ever wondered what God looks like, now you know. The artist is a primary school student at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in International Falls. The  “gift” from heaven resulted in a  belly laugh from Fr. Ben. “Kids are the best!”

Monday, October 5
 Day 16

As you know, the left side of Fr. Ben’s body has been without feeling since his stroke on September 20th. Praise God- Today, some neurons began to fire!

1. Fr. Ben gained back his old “two-sided” smile. 

2. He was able to feel touches to his left foot.

WONDERFUL developments!

A message from Fr. Ben:

Dear parents, family, and friends,

Thank you for the prayers, cards, and messages. I am slowing healing and growing.

Get back to Mass! And, send money for St. Thomas Aquinas School.*

God is the best!
Fr. Ben

*Those of you who know Fr. Ben also know that NOTHING stops him from fundraising for St. Thomas Aquinas School in International Falls.

Sunday Oct 4, 2020

Day 15 

Fr. Jose said Mass today. He is the priest who brought Fr. Ben Holy Communion  yesterday. 

No therapy today- A day of rest for Fr. Ben.

He’ll be back to a full schedule tomorrow.


Grant us, almighty God,
that we may be refreshed and nourished
by the Sacrament which we have received,
so as to be transformed into what we consume.
Through Christ our Lord.

October 2, 2020

Journal Entry by Hadrich Family — 10 hours ago

Friday, October 2nd

The days in the hospital become blurred one into the next as we try to balance and organize incoming information with outgoing emotional responses.

Fr. Ben had an uplifting telephone conversation with a brother priest today. We continue to grow in gratitude for the brotherhood of priests to which Fr. Ben belongs.

Part of Morning Prayer Today: Psalm 92 & St. John Paul Singing the Pater Noster

St. John Paul, Pray for us!

September 30, 2020

Journal Entry by Hadrich Family — 9 hours ago

Sept 30  Day 12 
9:00 pm

Fe. Ben worked hard today. The staff has been wonderful to us. Fr. Ben is ”training in” the staff with his upbeat sense of humor. 

Fr. Ben appreciates all the mail- beautiful cards, heartfelt messages, and comments and pictures from kids that bring joy. 

A few of many:

From his cousin’s young child,  Mic:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.

Humpty Dumpty had a great stroke.

All of the doctors, all of the nurses

COULD put Humpty Dumpty together again.

A young student from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School (Fr. Ben’s school in Falls)

”I miss you, Fr. Ben, and not just for the candy.”

A voice message to Fr. Ben’s parents tonight said she is praying for us and went on the say the Memorare Prayer as part of the voice message. Priceless.

We are experiencing God’s powerful Grace through all of you.

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

September 30, 2020

Journal entry by Hadrich Family — 5 hours agoSept 30 Day 11

Fr. Ben often compares experiencimg life challenges with running a marathon. He started In-patient therapy this morning, so one might say the starting gun has sounded.

The ”Forward, always forward…”

He had about 5 hours of sleep last night- the most yet!

If anyone from International Falls has a trip planned to Rochester in the near future, please let us know. (Or, if anyone is planning to be in the Mcgregor area over the next two days, please let us know.) Thank you.

More later…Read Moreof the journal titled “September 30, 2020”

September 29, 2020

Journal Entry by Hadrich Family — 5 minutes ago

Day 10

Great news: Fr. Ben was transferred to the in-patient rehabilitation unit today. Praise God!

He was told ”beginning tomorrow, be prepared to work.” To which Fr. Ben a gave a thumbs up. 

The hospital staff is more than impressed with the amount of mail Fr. Ben is receiving. Keep it coming. Thank you.

Fr. Ben’s address has changed slightly with his move to rehab:

Fr. Ben Hadrich-patient
Patient Care Unit-Generose 4E 
Mayo Clinic Hospital,  St. Mary’s Campus 1216 2nd St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

September 28, 2020

Journal Entry by Hadrich Family — 12 hours ago

Monday, September 28th
Day 9

Fr. Ben had 
-OT worked with him swallowing
-PT worked with him on balance and staying upright in his chair, where he remained throughout lunch.

He has been awake for most of the day with the hope of more consistent sleep tonight.

The in-patient rehab people met with Fr. Ben and his dad about options for the next step in his rehabilitation plan. 

Many thanks for prayers, cards, and wonderful messages from the kids.

Fr. Ben just finished evening prayer with his family over the phone.

God bless.

September 27, 2020

Journal Entry by Hadrich Family — 38 minutes ago

Author uploaded image

Sept 27
Day 8

Fr. Ben appreciates the cards he has received, and he especially loves the pictures from the kids!!!


Fr. Ben Hadrich- patient
Mayo Clinic Hospital St. Mary’s Campus
1216 2nd St SW
Rochester MN 55995

Fr. Ben got some quality sleep today; however, he needs to get more during the night.

He had his first real physical therapy session. Because the stroke has affected the left side of his body, he needs to use his right side differently to balance and stabilize. With the assistance of the PT and nurse, he sat on the edge of his bed and stood up. He was able to do this three times. Assisted by the therapist and Hoyer Lift, he sat in a chair for ten minutes. His brain and muscles have to work hard to do this.

His headache has lessened. 

Listening to ”Lord of the Rings” audible book helps him relax.

Hondo continues to spent visiting hours (8:00 am to 6:00 pm) with Fr. Ben. His mom had the pleasure of Facetiming and then ending the day by reading Evening Prayer and saying the Rosary over the phone.

We will be sharing some comforting and encouraging words and quotes from a unique book given to us recently. 

”Forward, always forward, everywhere forward! We must not be held back by debts, bad years, or by difficulties of the times. Man’s adversity is God’s opportunity.”  ~Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B.

Regarding a photo his dad took today- he looks pretty upbeat, doesn’t he?


Fr. Ben Hadrich- patient
Mayo Clinic Hospital St. Mary’s Campus
1216 2nd St SW
Rochester MN 55995

Sept 26  
Day 7
-Fr. Ben’s first full day in ”step down.” (Out of ICU)
-He has had all lines removed.
-He is monitored every four hours, down from every two hours allowing him his first good nap.
-He remains on a pureed menu.
-He is feisty
Please Pray for:
-continued overall progress and acceptable blood pressure levels
-getting his days and nights regulated

About the Second Set of Photos

I had the privilege of talking with Brenda Hadrich yesterday about Fr. Ben’s progress. Several years ago I was given the rosary shown here, which was created by Fr. Michael Garry’s mother. Brenda is part of a group, Mothers of Priests, Diocese of Duluth. The rosary came with a prayer card indicating the intentions on all the beads. I asked Brenda to take a photo of that card. What you see in this photograph is the reflection of Brenda taking the photo. The reflection shows her image with what appears to be her hands embracing those intentions.

The second photo includes the rosary and the Shepherd with his sheep and my caption, “Simon, do you love me? Feed my lambs.” Although I am not a mother of a priest, I love them all! The sand dollars appear to be hosts which I gave to first communicants of the 2020 class at the Holy Rosary campus of Stella Maris Academy (with the legend of the sand dollar).

Lastly the statues of Mary & Joseph were given to Mary & Joseph Sitek by the parents of the Moravitz brothers at the time of Fr. Brandon’s ordination.

Please continue to pray, not only for Father Ben, but for his family, his brother priests and their families—and for all of us who love them so! And pray for an increase in vocations.

——Mary Claire Sitek

Today’s Message: September 23, 2020:

Please send cards! This time around he can read!!!

Fr. Ben Hadrich- patient

Mayo Clinic Hospital

St. Mary’s Campus

1216 2nd St SW

Rochester, Mn 55905

September 22, 2020 

Journal entry by Hadrich Family — 30 minutes ago. 6:00 pm
Fr. Ben is back in his room after surgery. The doctors shared that the procedure went well. 
Prayers are powerful. Please keep them coming

A Caring Bridge site has been set up by Father Hadrich’s family in order to keep people informed about his health and progress.  The link is below.  As of yesterday, Father Hadrich has been transferred to the Mayo Hospital in Rochester, and is awaiting possible surgery.  Please continue to keep Father Hadrich and his family in your prayers.