Mobile Archbishop leads mass as Foley congregation continues to pray for pastor hospitalized for COVID-19


FOLEY, Ala. (WKRG) — Prayers continue for a Foley priest hospitalized following a diagnosis of COVID-19. Today marked the first Sunday services without Father Paul Zoghby at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Parish. From special masks on their faces to prayers in their hearts, everyone at this church is pulling for Father Paul Zoghby. The pandemic hits very close to home.

“He’s like our father, he really is and having him in this situation is so painful it really is,” said Parish Manager John Rudisill. “He’s not worse, this morning in his words, I spoke with him this morning I’d say he’s probably a little bit better he is walking around which is good news, his oxygen level saturation has been where the doctors want them, he’s on oxygen but not a ventilator.” Father Zoghby has been with this church for 17 years and an integral part of this Church community.

“He’s the main reason I’m a Catholic,” said church member Tim Harms. “He’s such a great guy, he loves people, he loves God he’s a wonderful person. Mobile’s Archbishop led Sunday mass in place of Father Paul and affectionately called him the “Pope of Foley.”

“We hold up in prayer Father Paul and all those who are sick, but also it’s an opportunity for us as people of faith to ask ourselves in the midst of suffering how do we find God in this?” asked Archbishop Rodi rhetorically. He said the challenge is to use this time of suffering not to get bitter, but get better.


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