Saginaw, Mich., Oct 29, 2018 / 17:00 pm
Bishop Joseph Cistone of the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan planned one final diocesan event before succumbing to lung cancer in October: forty hours of continuous Eucharistic adoration to pray for the suffering of the Church, against a backdrop of country-wide revelations of sexual abuse.
After Cistone's death, members of the diocese are participating in the forty hours of adoration, and are praying not only for the Church, but also for the late bishop's soul.
Bishop Cistone died Oct. 16 after announcing in February that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. He said at that time that he would undergo a treatment plan involving both chemotherapy and radiation. On Oct. 1 the diocese announced that the cancer had spread to other parts of Cistone's body, and that he had begun an aggressive course of chemotherapy.
His funeral was held Oct. 23 at Saginaw's Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption.