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. Mary Palmer says:

    Prayers will be said asking Jesus the ultimate physician to heal you guiding the hands, hearts and minds of the medical staff. Take the time necessary to heal and recover.

  2. Bruce Pegg says:

    Praying for your speedy recovery.

  3. You are in our daily prayers at the Convent of Saint Helena, and I will be especially holding you in my personal prayers along with all involved in your surgery and recovery during this time.

  4. Leon Spencer says:

    From the prayer book in use in Botswana and in southern Africa: “Heavenly Father, during his life on earth your Son Jesus Christ healed the sick and brought peace to those who were distressed and sorrowful. We commend to your loving care our brother Michael: grant him relief from pain and healing of body; to those who are anxious about him give your peace and comfort; and to those who tend him give wisdom, skill and compassion; for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son our Saviour.’ With prayers and much love, ++Michael. Leon

  5. Eileen Centofanti says:

    God bless and keep you!

  6. Ann Prentice, OSH says:

    I will be especially holding you in prayer along with all involved in your surgery and recovery during this time.

  7. Cary Lafaye says:

    I join many others in wishing you a complete and gentle recovery. No surgery is easy but I am praying that yours will be as gentle as possible. Rest, prayer, and the love of God, friends and family will see you through.

  8. Sandra Godbout says:

    Prayers for you and your medical team… Praying for your family as well!

  9. Our prayer are with you Bishop Michael, as you undergo cancer treatment. May the Lord keep you and bless you for future ministry in his service.
    From all the Sisters at CSJB Mendham NJ

  10. Lynne Hooper says:

    The Daughters of the King in Roswell, NM, are praying for your safe surgery, sure hands of the surgeon, and a speedy recovery, through our loving Saviour, Jesus Christ.

  11. Rev'd Carl Byrd. says:

    Bishop Curry, i am a 9 year survivor of PC and was lead to a to the Wilmington Prostate Cancer Group which is a blessing.
    “If you want to know where the road leads ask the man coming back”
    Now i go tell as lead by Jesus!
    We have you Prayer and Peace of the Lord be with you.

  12. The Rev. Robert Russell Smith says:

    Prayers ascend for you and all your loved ones. Peace and May God Bless.

  13. Jay Alley says:

    All the Purringtons and all the Alleys will be praying for a speedy recovery. Let me know if there’s anything I can do. Doc

  14. Jane Merritt says:

    Loving and healing prayers are already being lifted up for a successful surgery and speedy recovery on July 31. May the Love of God surround you and bless you and your family as you go through this operation.

  15. Lenore Platt says:

    We are with you! With healing prayers and deep admiration, so many of us at the Church of the Epiphany, Flagstaff (Northern Arizona).

  16. Linda Burnett says:

    You will be in my prayers, Bishop. I know you will be fine. Heck of a way to get a month off, but please take care of yourself and know that you’re in all of our prayers. Blessings.

  17. Rev'd Carl Byrd says:

    My Brother In Christ,
    Jesus brought me through PC 9 years ago.
    Now I go tell other in his name.
    Peace Of The Lord. Amen

  18. Debra A. Sigismondo says:

    We entrust Our Lord and Savior whose Love is never ending to accompany you and your family through this trial. Blessed assurance,

  19. Julia Dorsey Loomis says:

    Beloved Bishop Curry,
    We’re so thankful for you and will be holding you in the light of Christ every day.
    Love and peace

  20. Susan Mocsny Thomas says:

    I hope your surgery is fully successful! My father had his 18 years ago and is doing fine.
    Love and prayers.

  21. Pam Schroeder says:

    Thank you for sharing. Your forthrightness in everything is so appreciated. My prayers, though humble, are constant.

  22. Debbie Brake says:

    We will be holding you up in prayer for complete healing and comfort for you and your family.🙏❤🙏

  23. Frantz Cole says:

    Most Reverend Michael Curry
    We will be all around you from Haiti holding hands together praying for you. You are a man of God. We are pleased with the new spirit you inject in our Province. May Jesus cover you during this surgey. We are waiting to see you back on the altar after these 6 weeks.
    Blessings of the LORD from Haiti.

  24. Eddie & Alicia Gibbons says:

    Keeping you in our daily thoughts & prayers for successful surgery & healing.

  25. Mary Lou Creamer says:

    I am joining the many others who will be offering up healing prayers for you and for a speedy recovery. God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand.

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