Jacksonville | Rome January 9, 2013.- The brain tumor that
was removed on January 4 from Fr. Alvaro Corcuera, general director
of the Legion of Christ and of Regnum Christi, is
4th-degree glioma. He will undergo six weeks of radiation treatment
and chemotherapy in order to treat it. Today he was
released from the hospital. He will begin treatment in about
On October 9, Fr. Alvaro Corcuera, LC, informed the Legionaries of Christ and the members of
Regnum Christi that he had asked the Pontifical Delegate,
Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, for a sabbatical since he did
not think he had the necessary health to confront the
demands of being general director.
At that point, it was
thought that his health problems were a consequence of the
past few years, which had been especially marked by difficult
situations, tension and suffering. But, on December 30 he checked
into St. Francis hospital in Hartford, CT, because his headaches
had worsened. There, they found a tumor in his brain.
After some initial tests, the doctors decided to operate in
order to remove the tumor.
On January 2, he was
transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, where he
underwent a surgical intervention that lasted between 4 and 5
hours. The tumor had not metastasized and was easy to
isolate. The doctors successfully removed it, but confirmed that it
On January 8, in depth analysis returned a
diagnosis of 4th-degree glioma. Fr. Alvaro will have to undergo
radiation treatment and chemotherapy. Today he was released from the
hospital. After a brief rest, he will begin the treatment,
which is expected to last six weeks.
The first days
after the operation have shown that no permanent damage has
been done to his faculties. He recognizes people, he is
walking without help and he engages in conversation. His sight
was affected, but the doctors expect it to heal gradually.
Fr. Alvaro has been continuously accompanied by his brother and
sisters, who went from Mexico to Jacksonville to be with
him. He is also being accompanied by Fr. Jeremy Lambert,
LC, and Fr. Kevin Meehan, LC.
Fr. Alvaro has received
this news with courage and serenity, uniting himself with all
those suffering from sicknesses, especially with the Legionaries of Christ
and Regnum Christi members who are living in a delicate
state of health. With them, he offers his sufferings for
the Church, the Pope, Regnum Christi and the Legion. He
is grateful for the many shows of support he has