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Bishop Cirilo Flores In Hospital After Stroke

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The leader of the Catholic Diocese in San Diego was recovering Thursday from a stroke, KPBS media partner 10News reports.

According to a statement from Monsignor Steven Callahan, Bishop Cirilo Flores was stricken Wednesday in his office and taken to a hospital by paramedics. He was "alert and in good spirits" on Thursday, and will remain hospitalized for a few more days, Callahan said.

Flores, 65, became the fifth Catholic bishop of San Diego last September when he succeeded Robert Brom. A native of Corona, Flores was named coadjutor bishop in 2012, which put him in line to replace Brom when he retired.

The Loyola Marymount University graduate earned a law degree at Stanford University and spent many years as a priest in Orange County after being ordained in 1991. Flores was named an auxiliary bishop in 2009.

He 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.