“It is with sadness that I inform the Townsville community the biopsy results have shown that Bishop Michael’s stomach cancer has now spread to his liver,” Acting Vicar General Fr Michael Taylor said today. “It is untreatable and incurable, Bishop Michael will undergo a course of chemotherapy to alleviate some of the symptoms.”
...Bishop Michael Putney is 66 years old and was ordained as a priest in 1969 and ordained a Bishop on 27 July, 1995 - Auxiliary Bishop, Brisbane. He was announced as the 5th Bishop of Townsville in January 2001 and was installed in March that year. He is currently a member of the Permanent Committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Chair of Bishops’ Commission for Mission and Faith Formation, Catholic Co-Chairman of International Methodist / Roman Catholic Dialogue and Member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
The original announcement that he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer and was in Brisbane receiving treatment came only on Monday; apparently he was diagnosed in mid-December.
A special Mass to pray for the bishop and all dealing with cancer at this time is scheduled to be held tomorrow night in Townsville Cathedral.
Please keep the bishop in your prayers.