Fr. Matt’s Recent Health Diagnosis

Visit Fr. Matt’s Caring Bridge page for updates and how to pray and support him.

Dear Resurrection Family,

This past Sunday I preached from Isaiah chapter 43, how the living God meets us in our suffering. That passage contains many great promises, like “Fear not, for I have redeemed you” and “When you pass through the waters I will be with you.” 

The very next day I unexpectedly began a new story of suffering in my own life: I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. I realize that this news may come as a shock. Based on the initial test, the doctor told me it’s in the early stages, but of course more tests are needed to determine my prognosis. The appointments start this week, so I will have another update in the near future.

I love this church deeply. I am confident that we can walk with each other through our mutual seasons of suffering. I would deeply appreciate your prayers for my children and my grandchildren, and for my healing and trust in the Lord. 

Please see Pastor Meghan’s note below. 

Warmly in Christ,



Fr. Matt Woodley
Cathedral Vicar 

As Fr. Matt walks through the early stages of his diagnosis, he may not be able to reply to texts, calls, and emails. Visit Fr. Matt’s Caring Bridge page for updates and ways you can pray and support him. Thank you for your patience and your prayers as we learn more and wait on the Lord. If you would like to talk to a pastor about this difficult news, please email me at


Pastor Meghan Robins
Pastoral Care Pastor


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