Retired Ind. Catholic bishop diagnosed with cancer

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm •  Published: January 2, 2013
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The retired bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese said Wednesday he's been diagnosed with cancer in his lungs and brain.

Bishop Emeritus John D'Arcy said he was diagnosed when he went to a hospital Sunday after not feeling well while visiting relatives in the Boston area for Christmas.

D'Arcy, 80, said in a statement released by the diocese that he'll begin outpatient radiation treatments within days in Massachusetts and hopes within a few weeks for a return to Fort Wayne, where he would continue treatment and possibly undergo chemotherapy.

"They kept me overnight — my first night in a hospital since I was born in that same hospital 80 years ago; so, I am ahead of the game thanks to the good Lord," D'Arcy said.

D'Arcy was treated for prostate cancer in 2011.

He retired in 2010 after leading the diocese for 24 years and was succeeded by Bishop Kevin Rhoades. The Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese includes about 158,000 Catholics in 14 northern Indiana counties.

D'Arcy, who still serves as a chaplain at Fort Wayne's Bishop Luers High School, said he hoped to keep all his commitments for activities around the diocese.

"Of course, that will depend on the advice of my doctors," he said.