FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) _ Bishop Emeritus John D’Arcy, who retired in 2010 after leading the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese for 24 years, has died. He was 80 years old.
Diocese spokesman Sean McBride says D’Arcy died Sunday of cancer at his home in Fort Wayne. D’Arcy announced last month he was battling a rare form of cancer, saying he had been diagnosed with cancer in his lungs and brain. He said the disease was discovered when he went to a Boston-area hospital after feeling ill while visiting relatives.
Bishop Kevin Rhoades, who succeeded D’Arcy, asked followers to pray for D’Arcy, his family, and loved ones. Rhoades says D’Arcy faced death with deep faith and a trust in God.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Official Diocese Statement:
The Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend is saddened to announce the death of Bishop Emeritus John Michael D’Arcy.
Bishop D’Arcy died in the late morning hours of February 3rd, 2013. Bishop D’Arcy was at home at the time of his death, surrounded by loved ones.
He passed on the 56th anniversary of his first Mass as an ordained priest.
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades along with the diocese, asks for and offers prayers for Bishop D’Arcy, his family, loved ones and friends as together we grieve the loss of our beloved Bishop D’Arcy.
Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.