Deacon Jim Lawson's Rehab Fund

Deacon Jim Lawson has been a deacon formation director for my class of 24 deacon candidates for the past five years and he needs your help. He has undergone 7 hip replacement surgeries as a result of infection in the hip socket following his first surgery.

Deacon Jim has been in rehab since September 2015 and has exhausted his Medicare insurance benefits. He still needs at least two more months of rehab following this week's 7th surgery. The cost of this rehab is $8,500 per month. In spite of this significant financial burden, he is very reluctant to ask for your help. He is truly a humble man of God.

Apparently the infection will never be completely eliminated due to its location in the hip joint. Deacon Jim is expected to be on a regimen of antibiotics and have limited mobility for the remainder of his life. 

Deacon Jim was ordained a permanent deacon in 1982. He was assigned to Sacred Heart Cathedral in 1994 and served there as a deacon for two decades. He was assigned to St. John Neumann parish in 2014.

He has been an amazing mentor for our group of 24 deacon candidates over the past five years. His experience and wisdom has been so helpful in forming 24 men who will be ordained in June. He has given such a large part of his life to serving the Church and now he needs our help. 

Deacon Jim's need is imminent. He re-enters the rehab facility this week to recover from his most recent, and hopefully final, surgery. He will be in rehab for 6-8 weeks and will be paying all of his expenses out of pocket. This unplanned expense represents a significant financial burden for him.

It is very difficult for Deacon Jim to be in this position of having to request your financial support. He never thought he would be in a position where he needed to receive financial assistance from his friends. He will be so very grateful for anything you can do to help.

A donation of any amount will be a big help. I'm asking that you do whatever you can, but without placing a financial burden on you or your family. Even a small donation from many of his friends will help so much.

Deacon Jim knows and understands that you may not be in a position to help financially. Regardless of whether or not you can contribute, he requests your prayers. He knows the power of prayer and believes that your prayers are even more important than your financial support. He is especially grateful for your prayers.

Thank you for considering to support Deacon Jim with your financial contribution. God bless you.

Donations (182)

  • Jim Owens
    • $100 
    • 6 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Scott Maentz
Knoxville, TN
James Lawson

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