Archbishop of Indianapolis, Daniel Buechlein, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer affecting the lymph nodes, more commonly referred to as Hodgkin’s disease.
Buechlein has served as archbishop since 1992. In a letter addressed to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, he stated that he had undergone medical tests due to experiencing fatigue and had noticed swelling under his right arm.
He plans on meeting with his oncologist to determine “a course of treatment.”
“I already know that chemotherapy is required and I will be undergoing a complete body CT scan to determine more precisely the extent of the problem. Chemotherapy has proven to be a highly effective method for treating this disease,” wrote Buechlein.
“I’ve been told that the side effects of the chemotherapy will be further fatigue. I regret the interruption this may cause in my normal obligations.
Archdiocesan spokesman Greg Otolski told the AP that so far, Archbishop Buechlein has been able to maintain his normal work schedule, except for tests and doctor appointments, however it will likely be reduced once chemotherapy begins.
The archbishop continued in his letter, “I do not expect the day-to-day operations of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to be greatly affected. We are blessed to have so many dedicated and hardworking clergy, religious and parish life coordinators as well as an excellent administrative staff. Our many ministries will continue as usual.”
In closing, the archbishop asked for the prayers of the archdiocese. “I would appreciate your prayers, and please know that I will continue to pray for all of you.”