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San Diego Bishop Expected To Leave Hospital Soon Following Stroke

The leader of the Catholic Diocese in San Diego remained hospitalized Thursday while recovering from a stroke, but diocese officials said he is expected to be released soon.

Bishop Cirilo Flores suffered a stroke in his office on April 16 and has been undergoing tests and other treatment, according to Monsignor Steven Callahan.

Callahan said Flores is expecting to go home soon for continued recovery.


"Bishop Flores is grateful for all who have been praying for his recovery to good health," Callahan said.

Flores became the fifth Catholic bishop of San Diego in September when he succeeded Robert Brom. The 65-year-old Corona native graduated from Loyola Marymount University and earned a law degree at Stanford University before attending seminary school.

He spent many years as a priest in Orange County after being ordained in 1991. He was named an auxiliary bishop in 2009 and a coadjutor bishop in 2012.

Flores 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.