The Diocese of Des Moines
Deacon Coan thanks everyone for prayers, support
February 3, 2017
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

                Deacon Joe Coan is heading home today.

                After experiencing an attack by a woman with a knife Thursday morning at St. Augustin Church’s adoration chapel, he is expected to be released from the hospital today (Friday).

                “Tell everybody I’m doing fine and I appreciate all their support and prayers and concern,” he said.

                He’s grateful he didn’t experience more serious injuries than the cut on his neck, his hands and arms. As he continues his recovery at home, he will pray for the woman who attacked him. She is in police custody.

                “I do pray for her,” he said. “I’m thankful to be here and I’m going to pray for her.”

                He was in the parish’s adoration chapel getting the Eucharist to bring to the sick of the parish when the incident occurred.

                Bishop Richard Pates visited the deacon, praying with him and for him at the hospital shortly after the incident. They also prayed together for the woman.

                At age 89, Deacon Coan said he plans to go back to bringing communion to the sick after he has recovered. 

                “That’s the secret of life. You’ve got to keep busy,” he said.

                He enjoys preaching once a month, serving at wake services and baptisms and taking communion to area hospitals, nursing homes and hospice facilities.

                “I’ll never retire. I’ve got to keep going.”


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