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Feb 24, 2016

Special Message From Bishop Doyle on Cancer Diagnosis

Bishop Andy Doyle announced Tuesday that he will have surgery March 3 for prostate cancer. He was diagnosed in October, he wrote in a letter to clergy, and said he looks forward to a full recovery. He will return to work on April 1. Below is the text of the Bishop’s letter.

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

 

I write to let you know that I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October. 

 

JoAnne and I have been assured by my very capable doctors that this particular cancer is completely treatable with surgery and medication.  I will undergo surgery on March 3, and I look forward to a full recovery. 

 

The shock of this kind of news at any time is upending, to say the least. The cancer diagnosis reminded me, and underscored for me, my complete dependence on a compassionate and merciful God who removes fear and uncertainty. 

 

I have been in prayer, under spiritual direction and on retreat. I am ready for the surgery and what comes after. We have asked a few close friends to be present during my short stay in the hospital.

 

I am grateful for a talented and dedicated diocesan team, who, along with Bishop Harrison and Bishop Fisher, will be able to manage our ministry very well during my brief absence. I should be back to my regular schedule in a months time. I plan to return to work April 1, with a renewed appreciation for all of our ministry and gratitude for the ability to be God’s hands in the world. 

 

I ask your prayers for my physicians, nurses and family as well as for me during this time. Be assured of my prayers for you. 

 

Faithfully,

The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, IX Bishop of Texas

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