Coverage Areas:  National |  South Carolina |  Aiken |  Beaufort |  Charleston |  Columbia |  Greenville |  Myrtle Beach |  Rock Hill
Menu

A whole lot of healing going on

SIMPSONVILLE — “There’s a healer in town tonight, and it’s not me. It’s Jesus.” With those words, Father Larry J. Hess began a night of healing and reconciliation at St. Mary Magdalene on Aug. 2.

In a powerful homily, the pastor from the Diocese of Allentown spoke of his own miraculous reprieve from a heart attack after receiving the sacrament of the anointing of the sick 10 years ago. He used many scriptural references to substantiate his claim that the main public ministry of Jesus was healing.

Healing was the explanation for the early church blossoming from such small beginnings, Father Hess said.

“Jesus identified his ministry with healing and the main reason for the huge growth of Christianity in the first three centuries was that pagans were impressed that the disciples were healing people. The first persecution of the church was over a healing in the name of Jesus,” the Pennsylvania priest said.

He was once asked derisively, he said, if he was “one of those” healers. His response was, “What else should I be, as a priest, if Jesus was a healer?”

The homilist encouraged the large crowd to seek healing prayer and to think of the Eucharist as a healing instrument.

“This is a call for us to pray for healing,” Father Hess said. “Let go to Jesus. He will touch you tonight.”

Following a liturgy celebrated by Jesuit Father Bert Conner, pastor of Mary Magdalene Church, confessions, anointing of the sick and a healing service involving the laying on of hands were all carried on during an exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Father Hess is the son of Mary G. Hess, a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, and the brother of Kathy Hess, also of the parish. According to his mother, the priest is a native of Reading, Pa., and is pastor of a parish with two churches in the Allentown diocese.

“He’s noted for his preaching,” Kathy Hess said of her 54-year-old brother. “He does healing services throughout the diocese, is in great demand for missions and retreats and is the liaison with the charismatic movement up there. He is so busy.”

He was busy again on Aug 2, as hundreds lined up to be touched with sacramental oil and God’s hand.






  • Diocesan Events Calendar
    View All Events
    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate