Bishop Cirilo Flores
Bishop Cirilo Flores

San Diego’s Catholic bishop is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, the diocese announced Monday.

Bishop Cirilo Flores is also still recovering from the effects of a stroke he suffered in his office on April 16, according to Monsignor Steven Callahan.

He said Flores is being treated at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles. The extent of the cancer is unknown, he said.

“Priests and people should not try to contact Bishop Flores by phone nor attempt to visit him at this time,” Callahan said. “Bishop (Robert) Brom and I will be going to LA to personally assure Bishop Flores of our prayerful support. Please continue to keep Bishop Flores in your prayers.”

Flores succeeded Brom as bishop last September.

The 65-year-old Corona native graduated from Loyola Marymount University and earned a law degree at Stanford University before attending seminary school.

He spent many years as a priest in Orange County after being ordained in 1991. He was named an auxiliary bishop in 2009 and a coadjutor bishop in 2012.

Flores also served on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ subcommittees on Latin America and Hispanic affairs.

The San Diego diocese, established in 1936, consists of 98 parishes, 14 missions and 90 schools and preschools in San Diego and Imperial counties.

— City News Service

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