80-year-old retired prelate suffering from brain and lung cancer

Bishop D'Arcy Double Cancer Diagnosis (photos & video)

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January 1, 2013 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM EDT

BRIGHTON, Mass. (www.incnow.tv) - Bishop Emeritus John D'Arcy of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has been hospitalized in a Boston area hospital after being diagnosed with brain and lung cancer.

"Shortly after this Christmas, I began to feel unwell," the retired bishop said in a statement. "After extensive tests, they found cancer in the lung and the brain."

D'Arcy, 80, says he became ill while visiting family in Boston. Doctors at St. Elizabeth Hospital in his native Brighton, Mass., diagnosed the cancer. He will begin radiation treatment in the coming days, and hopes to return to Fort Wayne in three weeks.

"It is my hope to keep all the commitments I have made to the parish missions and Confirmations," D'Arcy said. "Of course, that will depend on the advice of my doctors."
(To read Bishop Emeritus D'Arcy's entire statement, click here.)

The diocese is asking for prayers for the retired prelate as he battles cancer.

"He means so much to us," Sean McBride, communications director with the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend says. "What we really want to let him know is that we're with him in prayer and spirit."

Bishop Kevin Rhoades, who succeeded Bishop D'Arcy in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, offered his prayers for Bishop D'Arcy.

"Bishop D'Arcy shared with me his deep trust in the Lord," Rhoades said in a statement. "May our Lord bestow his healing grace upon Bishop D'Arcy and grant him strength and inner peace."
(To read Bishop Rhoades's entire statement, click here.)

D'Arcy was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February of 2011, and was given extensive radiation treatments. He no longer has prostate cancer, the diocese says.

D'Arcy served as Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend from 1985 to 2010, when Catholic Church rules made him retire. D'Arcy has continued to celebrate Mass throughout the diocese, and serves as chaplain for Bishop Luers High School.

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