Local Catholic Chris Faddis has been generous in sharing the past few years with the Diocese of Phoenix, allowing us to walk alongside the Faddis family through the illness and death of his young wife, Angela. Throughout her battle with cancer, Angela leaned on the mercy of God, providing a holy witness to thousands around the world.
In honor of the release of Chris’ book, It Is Well: Life in the Storm, which he and Angela began to write together before her passing, we have compiled the Faddis collection below. For your copy of It is Well, visit itiswellbook.com.
“Jesus still rose, and so we will trust.” - Angela Faddis
Angela and Chris joined us on Catholics Matter in May of 2012, one year after her shocking diagnosis of Stage VI colon cancer at Easter 2011. It was here the Faddises first shared their story with the whole Diocese, including their plans to write a memoir detailing the Lord’s presence in Angela’s illness as an encouragement to all who deal with similar trials in life.
Where the young couple could have retreated into their family and withdrawn from the world, they instead took up Bl. Pope John Paul II’s well-lived challenge and embraced their suffering, using it to direct people’s attention to the glory of God. Read The Catholic Sun article with Chris and Angela Faddis from June 2012.
We tried giving up hope, but we can’t. Our faith has informed us of a different hope. - Chris Faddis
Angela passed away on Sept. 21, 2012, holding on to the early morning in order for her two children, Gianna Faustina and Augustine Valdez, to say goodbye. Read The Catholic Sun article on Angela’s death from October 2012.
She was my quiet, calm friend whose soul became loud as she allowed many across the world to share in her suffering and her incredible faith. I’m proud to have been her friend… Her story and her faith have already touched so many around the world leading many to Christ. - Melanie Pritchard
From that day, Chris has shouldered the heavy load of finishing the story, now a widower and single father. In sharing his bride’s story, it is obvious that the Lord is providing grace through the storms, allowing the Faddises to continue saying “it is well.” Read The Catholic Sun article on the release of It Is Well from September 2013.
I promised your mother that I would teach you that she was resting at the heart of Jesus and to be close to her, you would have to draw close to Him. May you always remember this and may He be your compass and your guide as He was for your incredible mother. - It Is Well is dedicated to Gianna and Augustine Faddis in honor of their loving mother
Hear Chris Faddis on The Bishop’s Hour from May 2012 and March 2013.
Angela Faddis, pray for us!