Franz WallThe local Fox affiliate in Fresno, California, has published an inspiring update on Franz Wall (’16), who remains hospitalized and paralyzed  from the chest down following a skiing accident in late November. The story quotes Franz’s mom, Christy (Tittmann ’89), who remains faithful as ever during this trying time, which she likens to “the most bizarre dance between heaven and hell, and absolute grief and amazing joy, because the highs and lows are crazy.”

In the story, Mrs. Wall recalls Franz’s first phone call to her after his injury. “I pick up the phone, ‘Mom, I’m paralyzed,’ and I just told him, I said, ‘Look, if you’re paralyzed, then that’s what you need for salvation, and I’m behind you 100 percent, whatever I can do to help you.” Grateful for the outpouring of support that her family has received, she “wants people to remember, ‘God is good and, even in terrible situations, He is bringing about a good.’”

Part of that good, no doubt, are the many prayers that have been offered by friends of Franz, as well as those who have never even met him, for his recovery and for his family’s well-being. To that end, fellow alumna Mary Massell (’15) has arranged a novena for Franz and the Wall family at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, in Surprise, Arizona, which will be livestreamed over Facebook at 6:00 p.m. PST on Friday, December 18. “All are welcome and encouraged to participate virtually,” Miss Massell writes. “Please share with your prayer groups!”