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Manhattan Beach pastor recovers from COVID-19 after hospital stay

Monsignor John F. Barry, the pastor at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach since 1983, told parishioners Sunday that he had been hospitalized with the COVID-19 virus.

“I did go to the hospital on my doctor’s advice so they can keep a closer eye on me,” the 82-year-old, who started feeling symptoms of the virus on March 16. He was tested the next day, went into self-quarantine and found the results on March 26, when he released the information in an email to parishioners, while revealing he has had “no life-threatening incidents” and was not using a ventilator.

“I ask that you continue to pray as my recovery continues,” Barry said Sunday, March 29. “I hope to come home in the next couple of days. And please pray for all who are ill, and also for all the healthcare workers at this time that God may continue to give them strength and keep them healthy. I continue to pray for all of you every day.”

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