Doctors 'pleased' with Ohio bishop's response to leukemia treatment

Doctors ‘pleased’ with Ohio bishop’s response to leukemia treatment

Doctors ‘pleased’ with Ohio bishop’s response to leukemia treatment

Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, has been diagnosed with "a form of acute leukemia" and will be undergoing chemotherapy, the diocese announced April 30. (Credit: CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn.)

The Diocese of Youngstown said in a May 31 statement that Bishop George V. Murry, who is being treated for acute leukemia, has been released from the hospital and doctors are "pleased" with his body's response to treatment.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Diocese of Youngstown said in a May 31 statement that Bishop George V. Murry, who is being treated for acute leukemia, has been released from the hospital and doctors are “pleased” with his body’s response to treatment.

The diocese announced that Murry, Youngstown’s bishop since 2007, would begin undergoing chemotherapy at the Cleveland Clinic, where he was admitted April 29, for a form of acute leukemia.

He was released May 29 and “physicians are pleased with his response to chemotherapy and the leukemia cells have been suppressed,” said the latest statement, adding that he will return to the clinic weekly “to monitor his recovery.”

The diocese also said that he appreciates the prayers and support, but is not accepting calls or visitors at the moment.

Last year, Murry, 69, a Jesuit, became the chair of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. He also served as chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education, but stepped down from those positions as he sought treatment.

Murry was ordained in 1979 as a priest of the Society of Jesus and has served as auxiliary bishop of Chicago and bishop of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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