Lincoln, Neb., Jul 1, 2014 / 19:09 pm
Bishop emeritus Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Neb., is in good spirits and grateful for prayers as he recovers after suffering a heart attack last week.
"We're looking forward to Bishop Bruskewitz's recovery," said J.D. Flynn, communications director for the Diocese of Lincoln.
"He is an important part of our diocesan life, and we expect him back on his feet, and back in ministry, soon," Flynn told CNA June 30.
Bishop Bruskewitz, age 78, suffered a heart attack at his home in Lincoln after celebrating Mass for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart on Friday, June 27th.
According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the retired bishop was transported by ambulance to Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln. He was discharged in stable condition with the expectation of full recovery.
"He is in good spirits, is comfortable, and looking forward to resuming full time ministry," Flynn said.
"Bishop Bruskewitz is a grace to our diocese, and to the entire Church," he added, voicing trust that the prayers of the faithful around the nation, as well as the mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, have been with the bishop in recent days.
From 1992 until 2012, Bishop Bruskewitz served as head of the Diocese of Lincoln. Now retired, he is an active participant in the community.
Accomplishments during his time as bishop include the founding of St. Gregory the Great Seminary, overseeing growth in schools and parishes of the Diocese of Lincoln, and recognition as a defender of orthodoxy, a champion of vocations, and as a pastor of souls.
"He knows how many people were praying for him, and he's grateful," Flynn said.