As many of you know, Fr. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ, has been missing since July 21. He is 75 and suffers from significant memory loss. These have been very difficult days for his fellow religious –– members of the Priests of the Sacred Heart –– as well as his family, friends, and others who are connected to us through our ministries, as well as our benefactors who make those ministries possible.
We are grateful for the many, many signs of support. Each day we hear of prayers said for Fr. Anthony’s well-being and safe return. We genuinely feel your care and concern and we draw strength from it.
Police, in collaboration with a wide variety of investigative organizations, have done an in-depth search of not only Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake and its surrounding property, but the wider area as well. Trained dog teams, scuba divers, drones and sonar have been used.
Last week the police concluded that Fr. Anthony most likely left the property soon after he exited the building. This means that authorities must cast a much wider net, seeking clues for where Fr. Anthony may have traveled. His image and news of his disappearance have been posted in gas stations and other well-travelled locations in the Midwest.
We may not have regular updates to share on the investigative process but do know that it continues. We do not give up hope.
Living with the “unknown” is difficult. “We feel so overwhelmed and helpless,” said Fr. Vien Nguyen, SCJ, provincial superior of the US Province.
At such times, we rely on prayer. We invite you to join us:
Loving God, you call all things into being
and bring order out of chaos.
Help us who are searching for Fr. Anthony
to recognize your will in these difficult times.
Be with Fr. Anthony whom you called to service
and open the hearts of our brothers and sisters
to help us find him.
Grant us also willing hearts to be strong in hope,
that our prayers and thoughts
may guide Fr. Anthony home.
We bring Fr. Anthony to you, Lord,
entrusting him to the mercy of the Heart of Jesus.
If you have any information that you think may be relevant in the search for Fr. Anthony please contact the Franklin Police Department at: 414-425-2522.