The Right Rev. Lawrence Provenzano Bishop of Long Island

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Yesterday, in a release from the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs (included below), Presiding Bishop Michael Curry announced that he will undergo surgery for prostate cancer this coming Tuesday, July 31.

Please keep the Presiding Bishop, his family, and medical staff in your prayers during this time.


The Right Rev. Lawrence Provenzano Bishop of Long Island

July 25, 2018
Dear Friends in Christ,

A few months ago, through my annual physical, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After a variety of tests, consultations, and conversations with my wife and daughters, I decided on a surgical treatment course. On this coming Tuesday, July 31st, I will have surgery to remove the prostate gland.

I am happy to say that the prognosis looks very good and quite positive. I have spoken with several others who have gone through this, and who have offered both encouragement and helpful advice. I will be in the hospital for at least a day, then at home to recuperate.

I’ve been told that 4-6 weeks is a reasonable time to anticipate. I plan to resume my duties in early September and I do not anticipate any significant changes in my commitments.

I am very blessed with a wonderful family, a first-rate medical team, a great staff, dear colleagues and friends, a calling to which I have given my life, and above all a good, great and loving God in whose hands we always remain. So, do say a prayer. And know that I look forward to being back at my post in September.

God bless you and keep the faith, +Michael

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry Presiding Bishop and Primate The Episcopal Church

Further information will be released by the Presiding Bishop’s office as it becomes available.

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