The Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese says its retired bishop has been diagnosed with cancer for a second time.
In a letter sent to media this morning, 80-year-old Bishop Emeritus John D'Arcy says he went home to Boston to celebrate Christmas with his family. Shortly after, he wasn't feeling well and went to the hospital with nausea and a severe headache.
That's when doctors found cancer in his brain and lung. D'Arcy says he will return to the hospital for more tests and to begin radiation, and probably some chemotherapy. He hopes to return to the diocese in a few weeks.
In his statement, D'Arcy writes:
"I would like to request prayers of all the people of the diocese; priests, seminarians, religious and laity. I trust in the goodness of God and Mary his mother. As I have told so many people over the years, it is a time for trust in His goodness and love. And your prayers will help me do that."
Current Bishop Kevin Rhoades also released a statement about the news:
"Our beloved Bishop D'Arcy shared with me his deep trust in the Lord as he embraces this cross in union with Jesus. I ask that Bishop D'Arcy be especially remembered in prayer at Masses throughout the diocese. I invite the faithful of our diocese to pray for Bishop D'Arcy as he undergoes treatment for the cancer. I would also like to assure all who love Bishop D’Arcy of my prayers for you as we walk with him in his treatment. May our Lord bestow his healing grace upon Bishop D'Arcy and grant him strength and inner peace. And may our Blessed Mother, Health of the Sick, intercede for Bishop D'Arcy and accompany him in facing this trial."
D'Arcy was treated for prostate cancer in 2011, but diocese spokesman Sean McBride tells The Journal Gazette he couldn't disclose what type of cancer D'Arcy now has.
D'Arcy retired in 2010 after 24 years leading the diocese when he was succeeded by Bishop Kevin Rhoades. D'Arcy continues serving as a chaplain at Bishop Luers High School and other church activities.
McBride says D'Arcy expects to spend three weeks receiving outpatient treatment in Boston before returning to Fort Wayne.