Last updated: Wed. Jan. 02, 2013 - 10:35 am EDT
The Most Rev. John M. D'Arcy, bishop emeritus of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Roman Catholic Diocese, has been diagnosed with lung and brain cancer, and is receiving treatment in his Massachusetts hometown.
In a statement released by the diocese today, D'Arcy said he would have more tests and begin radiation treatment in Brighton, Mass., but "it is my hope in two to three weeks to return to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and the people I have loved and served for over 1/4 century. My doctors there will pick up on my medical care and probably some chemotherapy."
Since retiring in 2010, D'Arcy said, he returns to Massachusetts to visit his family at Christmas. Shortly afterward, he said, he began to feel unwell, and after consulting his Fort Wayne doctor's office, he went to a hospital.
"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."
The current bishop, the Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, said D'Arcy had told him that he was feeling "pretty normal," despite the diagnosis.
D'Arcy "shared with me his deep trust in the Lord as he embraces this cross in union with Jesus," Rhoades said in a statement. "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."
D'Arcy, 80, was previously diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011. He said he hopes to keep commitments he has made to parish missions and confirmations, if his doctors allow.
"I would like to request the prayers of all the people of the diocese -- priests, seminarians, religious and laity," the statement said. "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 to do that."