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Bishop D'Arcy back in Fort Wayne

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 10:00 am

Bishop Emeritus John M. D’Arcy of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend returned to Fort Wayne on Wednesday afternoon from his hometown of Boston, where he had been visiting for the holidays when he was stricken with cancer of the brain and lung.

D’Arcy met with his Fort Wayne doctors Thursday to discuss his care, said Sean McBride, diocesan communications director. At this point, they still are discussing palliative care that would ease D’Arcy’s symptoms but wouldn’t cure the cancer, McBride said.

“I wish to thank Bishop (Kevin C.) Rhoades and all the people of our beloved diocese for the prayers of so many, which have been poured out on me,” D’Arcy said in a statement released to media today. “They are an enormous consolation. Please continue them.

“Pray that my, “Yes,” to God and his Will, be full and whole-hearted and never begrudging, but a strong, “Yes,” he said. "I hope my, "Yes," has the same spirit of Our Lady at the Annunciation and also her, "Yes," at the foot of the cross.

“It is good to be home," D'Arcy added. "I send you all my love and gratitude.”

Just after the New Year, the diocese released a statement from D'Arcy saying he had felt ill while visiting in his hometown of Boston at the holidays. He went to a hospital Dec. 30, where he was diagnosed with cancer in the lung and brain.

In a statement released in mid-January, D'Arcy described the cancer as "very rare" and "quick striking." He also said he was undergoing 15 days of radiation therapy to ease the symptoms caused by the cancer.

D'Arcy was diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2011, and went through treatment to cure the disease. Afterward, though retired, he returned to actively helping with ministry in the diocese.

D'Arcy stepped down as the head of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese in November 2009, after serving for 24 years. He was the eighth bishop for the diocese.

He was succeeded by Rhoades, who had been bishop in Harrisburg, Pa.