Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

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I’m Alive

June 26th, 2013, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Dear friends,

This morning on my way home from Boy Scout camp I was involved in a major car accident. While traveling north on Interstate 49 I entered momentarily onto the shoulder. However, there was a parked car on the shoulder immediately in front of me. With not much time to react, I swerved over as best I could but still plowed the passenger half of the car into the back of the parked car at interstate speed.

My car spun around horizontally and then flipped in the air end over end and then rolling several times on the side of the road, eventually landing several hundred feet from the road.

Providentially, there were many Boy Scouts following who came to my help. After cutting me out of the car I finally ended up at the hospital. Miraculously my injuries consist only of a broken bone in my right wrist and some very sore and perhaps fractured ribs.

I remember invoking our Blessed Mother with each roll and give her and my guardian angel incredible thanks tonight. God is so good. This is as close as I want to come to death until its really time. In addition to God I owe incredible thanks to my good friend Terry Sexton who immediately came to the hospital and got people praying. I am so blessed today. Always wear your seatbelt and thank God for each day of life.

22 Responses to I’m Alive

  1. Richard Mathews

    God bless. Glad you are “alright”. Give yourself time to recover from the shock that you no doubt still have – but probably don’t realize. You have had a traumatic experience – but God and our blessed Mother were – and are – there for you.

  2. Sam Schissler

    Thank God you are ok father Shawn! You are in my prayers. Indeed God is good! Thank you to our Blessed Mother for her intercession.

  3. KevinK

    Fr. Shawn – Prayers for a speedy healing, and prayers of thanksgiving for you coming though such a horrific accident relatively unscathed!

  4. Trudy Graves

    So glad you Mary and your guardian angel held you today. Will keep you in my prayers for all the healing you need. God Bless you.

  5. Patsy Terrell

    So glad you are okay! Take care of yourself and take some time to heal.

  6. Bob/Kathy Dorst

    Oh wow! Prayers for you, and saying “Jesus, I Trust in You”

  7. Daniel Bilbrey

    So grateful to God for the protection He gave you from further injuries. Prayers for you and your healing! You are an amazing priest!

  8. PJ Palmer

    We are so thankful to hear that you are alive and ok. May God grant you a speedy and easy recovery. You are most definitely in our prayers.

    The Palmer Family
    -cure parishoners who have been lucky enough to experience your masses & always love your homilys

  9. Frank & Yoshi Gerner

    Our prayers are with you. Our Ccffee group Sally Hubbell, the Fangmans, the Eperdings) set around me as I read your report and “Thank God and your guardian angel. We will continue to pray for your rapid recovery.

  10. Sharon Kenagy

    Oh my gosh talk about divine intervention. Thanks the heavens for you. May God continue to Bless you back to total health.

  11. Andrea Klump

    Thanks be to God you will recover and your injuries will heal. You will remain in our prayers.

  12. Barry Fowler

    Fr Shawn – my prayers for your speedy recovery and thanks to your Guardian Angel for protecting you!

  13. Stephen Davidson

    We passed your accident site on the way home… didn’t know who it was but we said a Memorare as we went by… seems like she was listening intently! Thanks be to God that you are reasonably ok. Hope to see you this weekend at Mother Teresa’s in any case.

  14. Marilyn McWhorter

    Will pray for your continued healing. God is with us.

  15. Rachael Clingan

    Thank the Blessed Mother for protecting you! Praying for a speeding recovery!

  16. Maggie Bradley

    So glad you made it through Fr. Shawn. You are in our prayers. Take it easy and rest! Thank God you had your Guardian Angel with you today! Sean and Clare send their good wishes to you.

  17. Deacon Ken Albers

    Brother, I am so glad that you are not too badly injured. I cannot tell you how many trips I have made up and down that same road since 1969, with not so much as a scratch. Thank you for your service to Scouting and to all the lives you so graciously help Fr. Shawn.

  18. Julie Overlease

    I am so thankful you are safe.

  19. Kathy Sexton

    Clare and Bridget and I have started a prayer quilt for your
    move to DC but we hope in will help brings blessings for a quick recovery. Kathy

  20. Delmar

    Fr. Shawn – thank god you are safe. Thank you for the time you spent with us at Scout camp this year. Get some rest and hope you recover soon.

  21. James and MJ Brown

    Since hearing of your accident this morning we have thanked God and our Blessed Mother numerous times that you’re alright!We will continue to keep you in our prayers…You are such a blessing!!!

  22. Alice Zimmerman

    I’m so glad you are alive! My daughter lost control of her car just a couple of days ago on a gravel road, hit a concrete culvert and too rolled it. Sheriff deputy and wrecker guy said she was very lucky to be alive. To think the Tunink’s could of lost 2 in a week’s time in unimaginable!! Continued prayers for your healing.

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