(SAN DIEGO, Nov. 19, 2021) – Bishop Robert McElroy, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, announced today he will be entering the hospital next week for a coronary bypass operation.  This is a planned procedure.  Bishop McElroy is not considered an emergent patient.  The surgery is set for Monday, November 22.  He is expected to make a full recovery.

In a letter to the priests of the diocese, Bishop McElroy, 67, explained that he and his doctors began discussing possible surgery following test results he received over the summer.  He anticipates returning to work after the Christmas holidays.

“I have great confidence in the medical staff who are carrying out this operation and, generally patients are able to return to work in about four weeks,” said Bishop McElroy in his letter to priests.  “Of course, God will be in charge of all this.”