Volunteer consoler Francine Stanciu holds the face of Joe McIntyre of Connecticut as his wife Betty hugs him after Rev. Richard McAlear blessed McIntyre by making the sign of the cross on his forehead with oil. McIntyre attended the April 30 healing service at Stella Maris chapel at Ave Maria University in North Naples because he had a stroke 14 months ago. 'She never bargained for this,' McIntyre said of his wife, who has become his caregiver after his stroke. Stanciu and other consolers offer comfort to worshippers who often become overwhelmed by emotions after being blessed by McAlear.

Photo by LEXEY SWALL, Daily News

Volunteer consoler Francine Stanciu holds the face of Joe McIntyre of Connecticut as his wife Betty hugs him after Rev. Richard McAlear blessed McIntyre by making the sign of the cross on his forehead with oil. McIntyre attended the April 30 healing service at Stella Maris chapel at Ave Maria University in North Naples because he had a stroke 14 months ago. "She never bargained for this," McIntyre said of his wife, who has become his caregiver after his stroke. Stanciu and other consolers offer comfort to worshippers who often become overwhelmed by emotions after being blessed by McAlear.

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