Bishop Flores hospitalized after suffering stroke

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Bishop-Cirilo-FloresSAN DIEGO – The head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego recently suffered a stroke while in his office, church officials announced Thursday.

Paramedics transported Bishop Cirilo Flores to the hospital where he will receive treatment for a few days before his release, Monsignor Steven F. Callahan said.

“Presently, he is alert and in good spirits, and will be receiving treatment for a few days before his release,” Callahan said. “With the faithful people of God let us pray for Bishop Flores’ speedy and fully recovery.”

Flores became the fifth Catholic bishop of San Diego in September of last year when he succeeded Robert Brom. The 65-year-old native of Corona was named a coadjutor bishop in 2012.

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. He was named an auxiliary bishop in 2009.

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.