Rosemount pastor recovering after heart surgery

The Rev. Paul Jarvis is ‘heading the right direction’

The Rev. Paul Jarvis, pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rosemount, is recovering in the intensive care unit at Fairview Southdale Hospital today after he underwent a 7-hour emergency cardiac surgery Friday, April 12, due to discovery of an aortic dissection, according to posts on his CaringBridge website.

The Rev. Paul Jarvis during the recent Blessing of the Animals at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rosemount. Photo submitted

The Rev. Paul Jarvis during the recent Blessing of the Animals at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rosemount. Photo submitted

His procedure included a coronary bypass and replacement of a valve and coronary artery, according to a post by friend Jane Loechler on the site.

“We know how much Father Paul welcomes your support, prayers and positive thinking,” she wrote. “We’re also pretty confident that he’d want you to be joking at his expense based on his faith in the healing power of laughter.”

The medical staff reported that Jarvis’s condition and various responses are on course and within expectations after heart surgery of this magnitude, Loechler wrote. She said Jarvis is eating and is not much fond of his many new tube and wire appendages.

Jarvis was already “heading in the right direction” Saturday and was talking with family members and eating Jello and drinking Diet A&W Root Beer on Sunday.

“We have been able to speak with him throughout the day and can assure you we see the twinkle in his eyes and hear the humor in his voice,” his sister, Kak Jarvis, wrote on Sunday.

No visitors are being allowed to see Jarvis at this time.

To read more about Jarvis, read our story about him when he was installed as the 15th pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

More updates are at www.caringbridge.org/visit/fatherpauljarvis.

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