Episode 145, Raised from Rock Bottom: Joe and Nicole McGivney’s Story of Divine Healing from Addiction 



Today, we delve into the remarkable journey of Joe and Nicole McGivney, who share their inspiring story of Joe's miraculous recovery from end-stage alcoholic liver disease and associated psychosis. Their story is deeply intertwined with their Catholic faith and the legacy of Blessed Fr. Michael McGivney, a distant relative of Joe’s and the founder of the Knights of Columbus.

Joe's Struggle with Alcoholism

Joe's upbringing in Chicago and his early introduction to alcohol marked the beginning of a difficult journey. Despite the guidance of devout Catholic parents, Joe found solace in alcohol from a young age. He developed a dangerous routine of consuming vodka, carefully balancing his intake to avoid legal repercussions.

Awakening to Faith

Despite his Catholic upbringing and distant relation to Bl. Michael McGivney, Joe remained distant from his faith, plagued by shame and lacking a relationship with God. His descent into alcoholism did not prevent him from professional success, but it brought him to the brink of destruction. It was only after a near-fatal collapse and diagnosis of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, a severe mental disorder resulting from chronic alcoholism, that Joe's perspective shifted.

Miraculous Healing

Facing a grim prognosis from doctors, Nicole was told that he would likely need to be institutionalized for the remainder of his life. Yet, incredibly, he awoke one morning to find his mental faculties restored, though he had no memory of recent events. This inexplicable recovery defied medical explanation, leading Joe and Nicole to attribute it to the boundless power of God's grace.

Transformative Faith Journey

Nicole reflects on the profound impact of Joe's healing on their lives. Nicole became Catholic, and since then they have embraced their faith, attending Mass together, and finding solace and strength in prayer. Nicole radiates joy and inner peace, contrasting the struggles of their past with the newfound hope and resilience that faith has given them.

Giving Back through Witness

Today, Joe is an active member of the Knights of Columbus and Alcoholics Anonymous, eager to share his story of redemption and renewal with others. His journey serves as a testament to the transformative power of faith and the unfathomable depths of God's love and mercy.

Their journey serves as a beacon of hope for those grappling with similar struggles. Joe is willing to share his story, and can be reached at [email protected]. You can also find details in Joe’s book, “You’re a Miracle! My Story of Alcoholism, Miraculous Healing, and God’s Infinite Power and Love,” available at Amazon


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