Presiding Bishop to have surgery for prostate cancer

'The prognosis looks very good and quite positive'

Posted Jul 25, 2018

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry announced July 25 that he will soon undergo surgery for prostate cancer.

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,


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



Comments (214)

  1. Susan Bravo says:

    Our prayers will be with you during your surgery and recovery. We love you, Bishop Curry! All will be well.

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  2. Vicki Gray says:

    We love you, Michael. You have our every prayer for a speedy recovery.

  3. Marcia A. Sessions says:

    I join with all who will be praying for you in surgery as well as recovery. We are blessed to have you as our Presiding Bishop! Prayers also for your family and all the medical persons involved in your care. Peace of the Lord,
    The Rev’d. Marcia A. Sessions

    1. The Rev. Jonnie Cassell says:

      Amen. Amen. Amen.

  4. Douglas Sanecki says:

    Heal him and hold him in the palms of your ever loving hands , Dear God .

  5. Paddy Cavanaugh says:

    Praying for you Bishop Curry, along with my grandmother, a priest in your former Diocese of NC, who is also battling cancer.

    1. John L McCullough says:

      Our Dear Bishop, the entire Church World Service family will be upholding you and your family on prayer. To God be the Glory.

  6. Deborah Caby says:

    You, your family,and the medical staff caring for you will be in my prayers for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

  7. Deb Blackwood, PhD says:

    Prayers for you and your family … this is a family “walk” … you have great people walking with you!

  8. Mary Thorpe says:

    Praying for a positive result, a trouble-free recovery, and your voice of leadership and prophetic witness at full strength as soon as possible!

  9. Susan K Copley says:

    Prayers of healing love enfold you. May you rest in God’s care and the love of all of us. So very grateful for you.

  10. Virginia Grochowski says:

    I will be praying for you and your care team during your sucessful surgery and fast recovery. With love, Virginia Grochowski

  11. Michael Wilkes says:

    You are in my daily prayers already, Bishop Curry!

  12. Gregory K. Shelley says:

    SO SORRY to hear this but am resting “our guy” into THEE HANDS of the GREAT PHYSICIAN.
    We will be praying for you dear friend & leader !

  13. George Cleaves says:

    Bishop Curry,
    A symphony of prayers will be offered for a successful surgery and for your continued healing!!!

  14. Lorrie Corder says:

    My wife and I are praying for you Bishop Curry! We pray also for your family and all the medical team who will provide you treatment and care. God, take this cancer from Bishop Curry’s body and restore him to full health. Amen! Amen! Amen!

  15. Br. James Teets BSG says:

    The Brotherhood of Saint Gregory holds you close in our prayers. All will be well, and all will be very well, and all manner of things shall be well! God bless and keep you, dear Bishop Michael!

  16. Carol Ann Webb says:

    Hands of healing, Jesus, lay on Michael. Gentle hands of healing, Jesus, lay on Michael. <3

  17. Elizabeth Mollard says:

    Yes, I will pray that your surgery goes well and that you heal quickly!


    Had the same surgery 14 years ago. No further problems. Just follow your surgeon’s instructions and all will be fine. There will an uncomfortable, but necessary, “attachment” for about ten days. When that is removed will be a great day. Prayers.

  19. Prayers from the Monroe, Louisiana twig of the Jesus Movement! ¡Oraciones de la rama del Movimiento de Jesús en Monroe, Louisiana!

  20. Nadine Craig says:

    Please know that the Daughters of The King, St. Mary’s Chapter, Daytona Beach, FL will be praying for you to come through the surgery comfortably and have a speedy recovery!

  21. Katherine Beck-Ei says:

    You will be in my prayers. May God continue to bless and keep you. Peace.

    1. Bob Sessum says:

      Bishop Curry, Michael, I have you in my prayers and had same surgery ten years ago and still free of any return. I know you will do as well. Am now in Raleigh and if I can do anything for you and family please let me know. Sound if diagnose is early. And it does take about 4-6 weeks but I was able to handle some things at home. Take care

      1. Olga Raygoza says:

        Father God the protector of all who put their trust in you, help our precious Bishop Curry to have a speedy recovery so that he can continue to serve you. Amen

  22. Nell Gustafson says:

    My deepest, most heartfelt prayers for you, Bishop Michael!

  23. Lorelei Lange says:

    Our love and prayers are with you for healing and God’s continued grace.
    Keep strong! We love you!
    Lorelei and Jud

    1. Stephen Bondy says:

      I am well aware of the anxiety with the diagnosis. My prayers are with you. Hope you have a speedy recovery.

  24. Deacon Harvey Bale says:

    Having gone through the diagnosis of and treatment for prostate cancer recently I am with you in prayer and firm belief that you will be fully back soon feeling very well indeed. Peace

  25. Philip H Christensen says:

    I went through prostate surgery a number of years ago, and I am blessed with full recovery from the cancer. I will remember you in my prayers.

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