This story was originally published January 3, 2013.
The Most Rev. John M. D'Arcy, bishop emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, has been diagnosed with cancer and soon will start treatment for the disease.
He announced the news about his health in a statement released Wednesday.
D'Arcy said he was back in his hometown near Boston to visit family and celebrate Christmas Mass when he began to feel ill. He went to the hospital on Sunday, and tests revealed cancer in the lungs and brain.
"I will return to the hospital for more tests and in a few days begin radiation, but I will be able to stay at my family home in Brighton where we all grew up with our dear parents. It is my hope in two to three weeks to return to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and the people I have loved and served for over a quarter century," he wrote.
"They kept me overnight -- my first night in a hospital since I was born in that same hospital 80 years ago; so, I am ahead of the game thanks to the good Lord," D'Arcy said.
When he returns to Indiana, he will continue his medical treatment, which probably will include chemotherapy, he wrote. "It is my hope to keep all the commitments I have made to the parish missions and confirmations. Of course, that will depend on the advice of my doctors," he wrote.
D'Arcy requested prayers from the people of the diocese as he proceeds with his medical treatment.
D'Arcy served as bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese from 1985 until January 2010. He is chaplain at Fort Wayne's Bishop Luers High School.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February 2011 and underwent radiation treatments. That cancer was found during an annual physical. He was told then his condition was treatable and curable.
The current diocese bishop, the Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, issued a statement Wednesday explaining that he talked to D'Arcy on Sunday.
"I ask that Bishop D'Arcy be especially remembered in prayer at Masses throughout the diocese," Rhoades said, in part.
The Associated Press contributed to this report