Roman Catholic Bishop Cirilo Flores, who suffered a stroke in April, is being treated for prostate cancer, the Diocese of San Diego announced Monday.
Flores, 66, is being treated at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles, according to a statement by Msgr. Steven Callahan, the diocese vicar general.
The extent of the cancer “is yet to be determined,” Callahan said. The cancer was detected while Flores was being treated for the effects of the stroke.
Flores has been bishop in San Diego since September 2013.
A native of Corona, he received a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and then a law degree from Stanford. He practiced law for a decade in Riverside and Los Angeles counties before being ordained in 1991 as a priest in the Diocese of Orange.
After serving in several posts in Orange County, he was named as coadjutor bishop in San Diego by Pope Benedict XVI in January 2012. In September 2013, as planned, he became the fifth bishop of the San Diego diocese, succeeding Bishop Robert Brom, who retired.
“Please continue to keep Bishop Flores in your prayers,” Callahan said in the statement.