Church: Shelby, N.C. priest diagnosed with rare, brain-destroying disease

Church: Shelby, N.C. priest diagnosed with rare, brain-destroying disease
The church is asking for prayers of comfort and peace for the priest and his family at this difficult time. (Source: St. Mary Help of Christians Parish)

SHELBY, N.C. (WBTV) - A Catholic priest in Shelby, North Carolina has been diagnosed with an extremely rare, degenerative brain disease and has had to leave to Ohio to get the proper care.

St. Mary Help of Christians Parish posted on its Facebook page Sunday morning that Father Michael Kottar has been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt–Jakob Disease, an extremely rare and aggressive disease caused by a protein abnormality, and that destroys the brain’s nerve cells.

There is no effective treatment or cure, so there will be focus on alleviating pain and relieving symptoms with the care the priest receives.

Dear Parish Family, It is with deep sorrow we share the news that Father Michael Kottar has been diagnosed with a...

Posted by St. Mary Help of Christians Parish on Sunday, May 2, 2021

Father Kottar has left to be with family in Pickerington, Ohio, where he can get the care he needs.

“Please be assured that Father Kottar is being well cared for, and his family is grateful for his parish family and everyone who has supported his priestly ministry at St. Mary, Help of Christians Parish over the past 14 years,” Bishop Peter J. Jugis wrote in the post.

The church is asking for prayers of comfort and peace for Father Kottar and his family at this difficult time.

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