THE Archbishop of York, Dr
Sentamu, announced last week that he had been treated for prostate
cancer, and would be out of action "for some time".
Dr Sentamu underwent an
operation on Thursday of last week at St James's Hospital, Leeds.
In a statement issued the same day, Dr Sentamu thanked the
hospital's surgical team and nursing staff for the care he had
He said: "I will be out of
action for some time, and will continue to value your prayers. I
look forward to resuming my ministry as soon as possible."
A decision about whether Dr
Sentamu's diocesan responsibilities would need to be undertaken by
the Bishop of Hull, the Rt Revd Richard Frith, has not been taken
at this stage. It is hoped, however, that the Archbishop will
return to his ministries as soon as he is well enough to do so. It
is unclear whether Dr Sentamu would be recovered in time for the
General Synod in York in July.
Dr Sentamu's statement
continued: "As I have often said, during the most trying times, I
have derived great comfort from the words of the Taizé chant,
'Aber du weißt den Weg für mich', adapted from a passage
in letters and papers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer."
Dr Sentamu is recuperating at home in Bishopthorpe Palace.