A note from from Mrs. McArthur:
“Ron has passed into the last stage of renal disease. We ask your prayers that he be given the grace to prepare for a good death, and that God’s mercy may come upon him to shorten his stay in Purgatory so that he may soon begin to enjoy the fruits of his life’s work.”
Dr. McArthur is tiring very easily now, so please respect their wish for no visitors at this time.
A note from Cathy Walsh:
August 15 marked the one-year anniversary of Dr. McArthur’s heart surgery. He has improved in many ways, and his heart is strong and healthy. Although his heart is strong, his overall recuperation has been slow. Complications from the many procedures performed before and after the surgery left him with complete kidney failure, necessitating permanent kidney dialysis three days a week. The dialysis in itself is fatiguing, and added to this is a constant battle with anemia, further taxing his health and strength.
Dr. McArthur’s spirits are good. He is well enough for visitors and is always glad to see people. He keeps informed of the goings-on at the College, which remains in his thoughts and prayers.
Dr. McArthur was back in the hospital for two days, diagnosed with severe anemia. He received three blood transfusions and is now back home. The doctors have yet to find the cause of the anemia, so we ask your prayers that the cause be pinpointed, and a treatment possible. Dr. McArthur is relying on your help.
Dr. McArthur has been in intensive care since Thursday, undergoing tests. His spirits are good, and he is looking forward to coming home in a few days. He will not be allowed any visitors. The best way to help him is through your prayers, for which he thanks you.
Dr. McArthur is experiencing another setback as he recuperates from his heart surgery. Please keep him in your prayers.
Dr. McArthur’s family writes:
“After a month of being in the Valley of the Shadow of Death and hovering on the edge of Eternity, Ron has made astounding progress in the last five days. We now have every hope that he will recover and be counted once more among the living. We think that he’ll be walking fairly soon, which will be a good start to regaining his strength and mobility. He was able to go out to Mass this Saturday for the first time since the beginning of August, a milestone which has had us smiling in thankfulness all morning.
“He has begun to answer your many e-mails, notes, and cards and hopes eventually to thank each of you in turn. Until then, he prays for all who pray for him.
“We date his recovery to our beginning, as a family, to pray the Golden Arrow Prayer  in front of a picture of the Suffering Face of Our Lord. May the name of God be praised!”
Dr. McArthur made it home for his birthday (September 22) and is now on a very long road to recovery. Given numerous therapist visits, dialysis, and doctors appointments, as well as extreme fatigue, his family asks for no visitors at this time. Thank you for your continued prayers!
After a week of aggressive treatments, Dr. McArthur’s doctors are optimistic that he is finally on the road to recovery. It is now up to him to begin eating and walking so that he may regain his strength and come home. He seems very willing to give it a try. Please pray that he succeeds and gets home by his birthday, next Saturday. Thank you.
Dr. McArthur’s doctors think they made some progress this weekend in treating his many complications, but he is still very weak and in need of prayers. He is very grateful for all your notes, cards, concerns, and prayers; and he is sorry he can't answer all of them. You are in his prayers everyday.
Thomas Aquinas College’s founding president, Dr. Ronald P. McArthur, continues to suffer complications from his heart surgery. He is extremely weak and very discouraged. Please pray that his doctors will be able to treat him successfully, and that he will regain his vigor and his spirits. He thanks each and every one of your for your prayers and concerns.
The College has learned that is founding president, Dr. Ronald P. McArthur, has experienced a setback in his recovery from recent open-heart surgery. Please continue to keep him and his wife, Marilyn, in your prayers. Thank you.
Good news! Dr. McArthur's surgery went better than expected, and the doctors were able to do all they needed to do. He is now in CCU recovering. Please pray now for a speedy and complete recovery.
Dr. Ronald P. McArthur, the founding president of Thomas Aquinas College, will be undergoing open-heart surgery tomorrow (Wednesday), the Feast of the Assumption, at 8:30 a.m. Please pray for him, for his surgeons, and for a happy outcome.