The leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego has suffered a stroke, church officials confirmed Thursday.
Bishop Cirilo Flores fell ill Wednesday in his office at the pastoral center and was immediately taken to the hospital, according to a statement from Monsignor Steven Callahan.
On Thursday, he was “alert and in good spirits,” Callahan said. He’s expected to be hospitalized for a few more days.
“With the faithful people of God let us pray for Bishop Flores’ speedy and full recovery,” said Callahan’s statement.
Flores became the fifth bishop of San Diego after after Pope Francis accepted Bishop Brom's resignation in Sept. 2013.