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 Bishop Flores Continues to Recover from Stroke

PASTORAL CENTER — In a letter sent Aug. 8 to the priests of the Diocese of San Diego, Bishop Cirilo Flores provided an update on his condition and expressed gratitude for the support he has received since his stroke.

The 66-year-old bishop suffered a stroke April 16 in his office at the diocesan Pastoral Center. He was quickly taken by paramedics to Scripps Memorial Hospital, where he underwent testing. He remained in the hospital until May 3. Since then, he has continued receiving care and treatment at his North Clairemont area residence.

“As part of the process of ongoing recovery from the stroke I had in mid-April,” Bishop Flores wrote in his letter, “I have concluded that it would be good for me to spend some time at the rectory of Our Lady of Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles, where I can receive continuing treatment and support.”

Expressing gratitude for the hospitality extended by Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, Bishop Flores asked the priests “to pray for me during my weeks in Los Angeles.”

During his absence from the diocese, the bishop said, Vicar General Msgr. Steven Callahan will be responsible for ordinary diocesan administration.

“I am very grateful for your prayers and expressions of care and support,” Bishop Flores wrote. “I continue to pray for all of you in your service to the diocese.”

Bishop Flores succeeded retired Bishop Robert H. Brom as the fifth bishop of San Diego in September 2013. Many local Catholics, including many on the Pastoral Center staff, have not seen the bishop since his stroke. But he has remained in their thoughts and prayers.

In an Aug. 6 phone interview with The Southern Cross, Bishop Flores acknowledged that the prayers and well-wishes of the faithful have comforted him throughout the recovery process.

“That’s what’s keeping me going,” he said.

Even though his doctors advised him not to return immediately to work at the Pastoral Center or to celebrate public liturgies, Bishop Flores has done his best to remain connected with the faithful through his new Twitter account.

On June 23, he tweeted: “Dear Friends, receive my blessing & gratitude 4 all the Masses, prayers, msgs & signs of care & concern I’ve received. I hope 2 b w/u soon.”

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