Taking a break

Longtime Catholic San Francisco columnist Tom Burke has been diagnosed with cancer

Tom Burke (image from Catholic San Francisco)

The following is by Tom Burke of Catholic San Francisco:

“On the Street Where You Live” has appeared in every issue of Catholic San Francisco during its now 20 years of publication. My love of the theater and its music is what led me to suggest the title, grabbing the idea from “My Fair Lady’s” Freddy Eynsford-Hill solo of the same name. The product of the number of CSF issues until now times the usual word count of Street puts me at having the pleasure and opportunity so far to gab here 600,000 words worth. Sad to say, especially for me, that’s where the number will stay for a bit as I move into a period of disability having been diagnosed with cancer. The doctors are hopeful and so am I.

While I’ll be in treatment when this issue hits the streets my weeks leading up to the chemo and radiation have been a whirlwind. Kaiser has taken me well under its wing and their cancer team has kept me busy preparing for the therapy. I am grateful, too, to our Human Resources team right here at Peter Yorke Way for holding my hand through all the steps in the disability process, and my teammates at Catholic San Francisco for their support and care.

I always ask people I interview to tell me their favorite or most uplifting experiences in the post they hold. It seems only fair to ask myself the same thing. The answer is you: every man, woman, priest, religious, church worker, teacher, everyone who treads the streets of this fine archdiocese. I feel like I’ve met all of you in the items we’ve moved through Street over the years. Thank you. Gotta’ say I am grateful to be facing the cancer during Lent and, as you read this, Holy Week. “Be with me Lord, when I am in trouble; be with me Lord, I pray.”

Full story at Catholic San Francisco.

Comments

  1. GERI TREVASKIS says

    TOM,

    PRAYERS COMING YOUR WAY!!!

    FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT SAN MATEO PRO LIFE.

  2. St. Peregrine, pray for Tom Burke’s healing.

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