News from Fr. Joseph Langford

November 21, 2009 | 22 comments

I know that, like me, many of you are big fans of the amazing books Mother Teresa’s Secret Fire and In the Shadow of our Lady, by Fr. Joseph Langford, whom Mother Teresa chose to be the co-founder of her priests’ community. Both books are in my top-10 list of “most life-changing books I ever read.” Anyway, earlier this week I received an email from Fr. Langford that I wanted to share (with his permission):

I have been off the radar for a while due to my recent diagnosis of blood and bone cancer (multiple myeloma). I have just begun chemo and started my long march — either back to health and a chance to keep writing and serving, or on to eternal life through a share in Jesus’ priestly victimhood. I am not sure which to ask more insistently for, though the one thing I ask daily is the grace to live this infirmity in gratitude and with a smile. All the same, if you would be so kind as to ask your readers for a prayer or two, it will be much appreciated. God bless you and them.

I am deeply saddened to hear of this diagnosis, and hope that you will all keep him in your prayers. He can be reached at at yahoo dot com.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with his latest book (which I highly recommend), here’s a trailer for Mother Teresa’s Secret Fire:

If you would like to leave a message in the comments for Fr. Langford, please feel free to do so! I will pass them along to him.


  1. Diana

    Father, I'll be praying for you!

  2. Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle

    I am so sorry to hear of Fr. Joseph's cancer. I will be praying for him and seeking Blessed Mother Teresa's intercession.

    God bless!


  3. hmom

    Father Langford is in my prayers.

  4. Willa

    I'll be praying.

  5. catherine

    At your recommendation, I bought his book In The Shadow of His Wings, and took it with me on Silent Retreat in September. Such a beautifully written and powerful story of faith in action. He is an incredible man and an incredible priest. I will surely be praying for him.

  6. tootie

    We will definitely keep him in our prayers.

  7. Kathryn Magendie

    My thoughts go to the Father . . .

  8. Lana

    I will also be praying for Fr. Langford. His book Mother Teresa's Secret Fire, and especially the "Guided Meditation" chapter have been very meaningful to me.
    Fr. Langford: Please remember that in this year for priests, many others will be praying for suffering and ill priests, even if they don't know your name.

  9. Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience

    I too whisper a prayer for a man whose words and wisdom have graced my life with truth I needed to hear.

    Please pass my humble thanks and fervent prayers on, Jen….


  10. Mere Catholic

    Dear Father Langford,
    You are in my prayers that Jesus and His Blessed Mother will guide you through your chemotherapy and bring you much healing.
    God bless

  11. ~ Judy ~

    Jennifer…your post was a blessing to me…I will keep Father in prayer…and I thank you for my OWN dad is being tested for this cancer and your link has provided me answers to many questions…bless you!

  12. Betty Beguiles

    Oh, I am so sorry to hear this news!

    My family and I will be praying for you, Father! If there is anything else you need, please don't hesitate to ask!

  13. Doretta

    Any update on Fr. Langford’s condition? You can just email me directly…you don’t have to post this.

  14. Fr. Cirilo Cervantes mc

    Dear friends:
    I came in contact with this web site, and I am so thankful for all the prayers you offered for Fr. Joseph Langford mc our co-founder. As he wrote in his e-mail that there were two roads ahead of him: to continuing writing or to eternal life; the sad news is that the latter has happened, he went home to God Oct 14th at 1:20am.
    Please pray for the eternal rest of his soul by offering holy masses and praying the holy rosary. We the missionaries of Charity Fathers and the whole MC family are very much thankful for all what he did for us and for the whole world through his writings about the Thirst of Jesus.
    God bless you all.

  15. Evelyn Estefan, DDS

    I will miss you on earth and enjoy your prayers from heaven.
    We are so proud to have shared this life with you as we are blessed now by it.
    My heart unites to the hearts of all who love you in awe, until we meet again.Evelyn Estefan,DDS Miami, Fl.

  16. Fr. Curtis, MC

    Fr. Joseph died yesterday morning at 1:10am. At about 12:30 he felt pain throughout his body and especially in his shoulders. He made a call to his doctor who supposed he had had a heart attack. She asked the nurse on duty to give him the appropriate medicine and to inform her of his status. The medicine didn’t help, as Father continued to have pain and there was no change in his blood pressure. The doctor asked that he be taken to the hospital where she would be when he arrived. We never left for the hospital. Father lost consciousness. As I arrived to his room, the nurse was calling his name and checking his eyes which were now closed. There was no sign of pain in his face, but he was breathing very slowly. I blessed him and called for the holy oils to be brought for anointing. He was anointed as he was taking his last breaths. …And he went home to God.

  17. Fr. Curtis, MC

    Father’s wake will be Tuesday, 19 October 2010 in the chapel of the newly inaugurated Shrine of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Tijuana Mexico. The funeral will be the following day at 6:00pm in the same locality.

    May he rest in Peace!

  18. Sherry Masser

    You are in heaven now, Fr. Joe. Mother Teresa is so glad to see you. I was privledged to spend time with you in Tijuana & receive some spiritual direction from you. I will never forget your gentle love. Thank you for all that you did on earth & thank you for all that you will do from heaven.
    Love & Blessings

  19. Jennifer Fulwiler

    Thank you so much for everyone who has written in to share with us about Fr. Joseph’s passing. It’s still hard to believe he’s gone — he was such an amazing light to the world. I will be praying for him, and asking for his prayers as well!

  20. Cathie

    I came across the death of Fr Joe in our local Catholic newspaper. (Aurora, IL.) I was so thankful to our dear Lord who made me aware of his death. I was priviledged to have had him for a regular confesssor for about a year while living outside Rome in 1981. He was such an inspiration to me! It was good to hear Sherry’s comment of “his gentle love.” As he possessed it way back then too, along with a great patience and availability. He taught me 2 lessons that year which will always remain with me! God bless you Fr. Joseph and all the work you have accomplished in your too short of life here on earth! Thank you Fr Curtis for your notes about him on this site. He is being remembered along with all you Missionaries and your work in my daily prayers.

  21. Susan Vandegrift

    Our family has been blessed to have witnessed Fr. Joe’s faithful following of God’s call since his teen years. And now God has called him home. We remember in prayer his family, the MC family and those whom Fr. Joe touched personally and through his writings.

  22. Brian

    Fr. Joseph, sometime has pasted since your funeral on that Wednesday, October 20th, 2010. I will never forget that day. The day, I met your youngest brother Michael Gerald and his wife Kara on the train the morning of the 20th before our arrival in Los Angeles. We met as complete strangers on the Southwest Chief sleeper car where we were only separated by one room (same car and same floor).

    The night before, I was reading the book “Mother Teresa Secret Fire” and the next morning Michael would be standing at my door asking, “Why do you have that book?” Michael was lead to invited me to go with them to the Missionaries of Charity house in Tijuana to be present at your funeral.

    Since the 20th, my life has forever changed. I am returning to the Garden of the Missionaries of Charity Sisters in Pacifica, California, to serve God. I have much to learn and I will follow God’s path.

    We’ll miss you. I will continue to share the story and the “good news”. God is Present!

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