Tristan Ashley
The ups and downs of having a premie kid (who is sooooo gonna be grounded in a few years... what am I saying, the kid already is... no leaving the nicu for him)
Monday, April 17, 2006

After a bunch of x-rays, contrast studies and a CT scan they did exploratory surgery. It turns out that there was a kink in his intentines which caused the blockage. That has been fixed. They also did us a small favor and went ahead and took out his appendix. Right now he is in the step down unit (the unit between the PICU and regular surgical floor). *hopefully* he will begin pooping soon. There is still the 5% chance that scar tissue will form and cause issues. *BUT* with any luck, we won't be back for surgery until December when they reverse the ostomy. On a side note, I'm asking people to pray / keep in thoughts / ask higher power of their choice for Sister Karen Klimczak. My parents knew her and I had also met her.
Police searching for nun who founded Hope House By ANTHONY CARDINALE News Staff Reporter 4/17/2006
News file photo Sister Karen Klimczak, who works with former prison inmates, has been a leader in the local campaign to cut down on violence.
A search is under way for Sister Karen Klimczak, founder and director of Hope House, a residence for former prison inmates.

The 62-year-old member of the Sisters of St. Joseph was last seen Friday evening at Bissonette House, 335 Grider St., where she resides.

Hope House, which she founded in 1989, is at the same address.

Sister Karen is also a parish associate with SS. Columba & Brigid Church at Eagle and Hickory streets, where she had been working earlier Friday before returning to Bissonette House for the night.

"She was last seen on Friday evening around 9:45," said Sister Elizabeth Savage, president of the Sisters of St. Joseph. "She had been at church where people were decorating for Easter Sunday. She came home and people talked to her, and that's the last that she has been seen. We really have no more information."

Detectives of the Northeast District, who are handling the case, could not be reached on Sunday night. Anyone with information may reach them at 851-4416.

Sister Karen is 5 feet 6, weighs 120 pounds, and has short gray hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a T-shirt, jeans and sneakers.

Sister Elizabeth said she is unaware of any threats having been made against Sister Karen.

"We are just trying to be as confident as we can, and also being as realistic," she said. "Karen was certainly a woman of hope and woman of service, and a woman of nonviolence. The signs around the city - "Nonviolence Begins with Me' - came out of a program she started a couple years ago."

Hope House and the order were partners in creating and placing the signs, many of which have made their way as far as Albany.

"I know that Karen has a lot of support," she added, "and a lot of people are concerned and are praying for her."

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo issued a statement on Sunday.

"We are praying that Sister Karen is safe and will soon be home," he said. "She is a woman of God who has selflessly given spiritual guidance and her time to many of those who have been cast off by society.

"On this Easter Sunday, the day of the Lord's resurrection, I ask that everyone in Western New York join me in praying for Sister Karen's safety. She remains in our thoughts along with her family, friends and the Sisters of St. Joseph."

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