At 62 years old, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester Robert J. McManus has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. McManus announced his diagnosis in a letter to the diocese priests, according to The Telegram & Gazette.
In the bishop’s letter to the priests, McManus revealed that physicians diagnosed his case approximately six weeks ago after a physical exam. According to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester website, McManus will undergo surgery as his treatment route for the cancer on June 26 at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester. He plans to take the month of July to recover.
According to the diocese website, McManus, who has been bishop for ten years after being appointed by Pope John Paul II, wrote in his letter that he is grateful he could wait to have the surgery in order to “complete his pastoral duties.”
McManus plans to maintain a fairly full schedule of duties despite his health this month, including priest and deacon ordinations in May and June, as well as high school and college commencements. The bishop spoke at the Assumption College commencement this past weekend and he will speak at the College of the Holy Cross graduation on Friday, May 23. In early June, McManus will also attend the annual gathering of the diocese priests.
There are currently 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer in 2014, according to the National Cancer Institute. This cancer is most common in older men, and is treated through a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy, depending on the stage and progression of the cancer. At this time, the stage and progression of McManus’s cancer is unknown.
McManus made headlines last year for being arrested for drunk driving in Narragansett, R.I.