Bishop George Murry has been diagnosed with a form of acute leukemia.
The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic for intensive chemotherapy on Sunday. He’s expected to be there for the next four weeks.
Youngstown’s St. Columba Cathedral was filled with organ music Monday afternoon, but the bishop’s chair was empty.
According to Diocesan Chancellor Msgr. John Zuraw, the 69-year-old Bishop Murry started feeling fatigued two months ago.
Doctors started testing and then on Friday evening, there were serious problems.
“He had a fever. He was admitted to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and then moved on Sunday morning,” Msgr. Zuraw said.
He saw the bishop on Saturday.
“Very stoic on Saturday because he heard the news, then his mind begins to race,” he said.
Msgr. Zuraw reminded everyone that 45 to 50 years ago, former Bishop James Malone also had a serious form of cancer.
“But through the power of prayer, Bishop Malone was able to serve the diocese for many, many more years.”
The diocese asks that people keep Bishop Murry in their prayers.
Bishop Murry is just the fifth bishop in the 75-year history of the Youngstown Catholic Diocese. He’s served Youngstown for 11 years.
“He’s our shepherd and because he’s our shepherd, his first concern is the flock that he shepherds and how it’s our opportunity to pray for the shepherd,” Msgr. Zuraw said.
Bishop Murry is not allowed to have visitors at the Cleveland Clinic, but periodic updates on his condition are expected to be provided.