Healing Request for Patrick McCollum

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  March 22, 2011 — 33 Comments

In the process of preparing an upcoming guest post from Pagan chaplain and activist Patrick McCollum I discovered that he’s undergoing surgery on Wednesday afternoon for a worrying condition he contracted while overseas on his recent trip to Thailand.

Rev. Patrick McCollum

“I’m having kind of a hard time right now, as it seems I have gotten some rare tropical virus/bacteria from my trip which has settled in my mouth.  It has aggressively eaten a hole through the soft tissue and muscle and is now attacking the bone in my jaw.  It’s really painful.  I go in for surgery tomorrow morning where they will try to cut out the infected area and grind out the affected bone in an attempt to stop it.  So far, antibiotics aren’t having any affect, but they will send the tissue to a tropical disease center for testing to try to find a way to stop it.”

For those who don’t know who Patrick McCollum is, he is one of the founding members of the Lady Liberty League, and has been involved in numerous legal struggles involving modern Pagans. In recent years McCollum has given testimony to the US Commission on Civil Rights, met with Obama administration officials, was installed to the Executive Board of Directors of a United Nations NGOhonored by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) with the Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism, attended the first World Forum of Spiritual Culture in Astana, Kazakhstan, and perhaps most importantly, is fighting the discriminatory “5 Faiths” policy in California’s prison system, a case that has been in litigation for over five years, and is currently before the 9th Circuit. In short, McCollum is one of modern Paganism’s most important and vital voices active today.

Please send healing energies and prayers towards Patrick’s swift and complete recovery. His surgery on Wednesday is scheduled at 2:00 PM PST for those who want to coordinate times.

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Healing thoughts and best wishes to you, Patrick. Good luck with the surgery, and may your Gods watch over you.

  • Hoping for good news and swift recovery.

  • brainwise

    Best wishes for Patrick!

  • May the healing be complete, and go as smoothly as possible.

  • Rapid and complete healing to you, Patrick! You are a blessing to the world community–not just pagans, but everyone concerned about religious freedom. Holding you in my heart, and spreading the word.

  • May Hygeia guide his doctors' hands.

  • Peg Aloi

    Gosh that sounds horrible. Here's hoping the surgery does the trick. Heal soon, Patrick!

    • Peg Aloi

      Oh and I'm sure he won't see this, but if you do, try a diluted tea tree essential oil gargle; it's the most powerful antimicrobial on the planet and it may help. It certainly won't hurt.

  • sarenth

    May Eir and Mengloth bless the doctors with cunning, skill, and thoroughness, and Patrick with swift, complete healing.

  • ocean1025

    Wishing you all the best Patrick. Get well soon!

  • Stef

    Baruch Ata, Adonai, Elohainu Melech ha-Olam, rofeh ha-cholim! (Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, who heals the sick!) May Rev. Patrick McCollum receive refuah shlemah (speedy and complete healing) from all illness, and return to his ministry restored in body, mind, and soul. (Rev. Patrick, this Jewish magician loves you dearly. Get well soon.)

  • Cathryn Bauer

    Blessings to Patrick. Heal quickly, Patrick, and go into your surgery knowing that you are surrounded by love, good wishes, and concern. We can't do without you!

  • Healing work, and protection work going out. Lots of protection.

  • Ken

    May Eir's Blessings help you in your healing. Healing thoughts and prayers.

  • harmonyfb

    Placing his name on the altar; may the Gods grant him swift healing.

  • caraschulz

    Offerings and prayers for a successful surgery.

  • I hope everything goes ok! That is truly truly horrible.

  • Dave

    Healing Blessing to you Patrick., my Brother.

  • Pax

    Holding you in my prayers Mr. McCollum.

  • Aw, crap! I feel really bad about this for Patrick! He is the lead interview for the upcoming May issue of Witches&Pagans, hopefully we'll be able to report good news then.

  • Morwyn

    Sending healing thoughts and prayers his way.

  • Placing a rock on the EarthSpirit Community Healing altar-and sending healing energy to Patrick.

  • I will keep Patrick in my prayers until we all know he is doing fine! How awful and scary! 🙁

  • mia

    I don't know if this is helpful at all, but I once saw a documentary where a man lost a big part of his face – very rapidly – due to a kind of fungus, “mucor”. I’m sure Patrick’s in the hands of very capable doctors and hopefully it’s not the same thing at all. But, stupid as it sounds to bring it up, I just couldn’t let it go in case there is some possibility that the tip can help them with the diagnosis. Could explain why there was no effect with antibiotics. Here’s a link to the rather sensationalist (and discouraging) video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmHkC2JM53c
    (I wouldn’t recommend you watch it if you know Patrick and you think it would just make you worried and grossed out.)

    Sending my blessings his way!

  • Hillary

    My dear friend Patrick…sending you love light and the quickest healing possible. Much love

  • Andras Corban-Arthen

    From Angie Buchanan via FB:

    "Just spoke with Patrick McCollum's wife, Barbara McGraw (with Patrick in the background). Patrick is home, resting and recovering from his surgery. Test results won't be in until early April so, *please* continue your good work toward better pain management, an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment to knock this infection out!"

  • That was my reason for reinforcing protection work, exactly.

  • Skip

    Enter text right here! Healing energy with many positive thoughts! Mulsitpe covens in support.

  • Skip

    While the illness and surgery are not al all funny, please enjoy a giggle over the above typoes…hope that energy will also help.

  • Daniel

    "May you, Patrick, be kept and tended by the Mantle of Healing and Regeneration–of Health, Wealth, Powers, and Showers of well-being.

    May you be kept by the Mantle of Blessing and Protection–of Light, Love, Strength, Warmth, Guardianship, and Grace.

    May you be kept by the Mantle of Divinity–Eternal Goodness, Peace, Sanctity, and Truth.

    May all Three Keep You, Bless You, Tend You, Enfold You, Cover You, abd Embrace You with fullo Restoration and Recovery."

  • Sending positive thoughts and prayers to Patrick.

  • Thanks for the update Andras! 🙂 Sending some healing energy to Patrick for a speedy recovery.

  • zevenster

    I wish him the very best and speedy recovery. And I do agree with who ever said it was important to reverse bad energy that may have come towards him – Mirrors will be placed!