The community of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Manheim Township has been gathering around one of its leaders after an accident left him in critical condition this week.
Since Monday, prayers from the church members have surrounded his family as they wait for a sign.
Father Jonathan Currier remains in a coma, his wife said, after the bicycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle Monday afternoon along New Holland Pike at Pleasure Road in Manheim Township.
“We are receiving a tremendous amount of support and love right now,” Currier's wife, Ann Wheaton, said in a phone interview Friday afternoon.
The Rev. Jane Miron, a deacon at St. Thomas who has worked with Currier since he arrived in Lancaster five years ago, said the congregation has been leaning on its faith — holding prayer meetings and visiting the family.
“We believe very strongly in the power of being together in prayer during situations like this,” she said in a phone interview Friday afternoon.
Miron said the church has put in place a plan to help comfort and support Currier’s family as they work through this tragedy.
Currier, Miron said, is loved by his congregation and highly regarded as a thoughtful spiritual leader.
“Jonathan is a very caring individual,” she said. “He has a gift of seeing the best in everybody. He just draws out and sees the good in people.”
While Currier's family is grateful for the prayers that are coming his way, Wheaton asks that people also respect their privacy at this difficult time.
Manheim Township police say Currier had been riding his bike eastbound on New Holland Pike when he was struck by a westbound vehicle.
Wheaton said that the driver who hit her husband, who is an avid cyclist, stopped and is cooperating with police.
“If Jonathan could, he would reach out a hand to the gentleman in the vehicle. I know he would forgive him,” she said through tears. “I am so grateful he stopped. It would be unbearable otherwise.”
Township police had not identified the driver of the vehicle and Lt. Tom Rudzinski said Friday morning that he had nothing new to report about the ongoing investigation.
Currier, who lives in Lancaster city, has been married to Wheaton for more than 30 years. They have two grown sons, Alex and Michael.
According to biographical information on the St. Thomas church website, Currier went off to Harvard thinking he would be a mathematician, but God intervened.
“Captivated by the preaching of Harvard Chaplain Peter Gomes, he became convinced God might be calling him to the ordained ministry instead.
After his confirmation in 1982, he took a path toward ordination that included stints as a foster care caseworker in Brooklyn and a math teacher at a boys’ boarding school outside Charlottesville, Virginia.
Finally ordained a priest in 1990, Currier served parishes in Albany, New York, and New Carrollton, Maryland, before coming to Lancaster.”
Miron said the accident has made an impact that reaches far beyond the Currier family to the lives of every member of the church.
“Ironically, it wasn’t that long ago that Jonathan mentioned in one of his sermons that none of us knows when life will change,” she said. “This kind of situation brings that message home.”