January 17, 2011

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Bishop David Monroe of Kamloops was released from hospital before Christmas after a long, but shorter than expected, recovery.

“I’m just doing some more recuperating,” the bishop said after being discharged Dec. 16. “I am out now, and things are well in that way.”

The bishop, who was violently assaulted Oct. 22 at Sacred Heart Cathedral by an allegedly mentally unstable man, spent eight weeks recovering in hospital. His recuperation is continuing.

“He’s doing very well for the age he is; he’s almost 70,” said Father Derrick Cameron, cathedral rector. “He is not a spring chicken anymore, where he’d be able to bounce back right away. But for his age, he’s doing very well.”

Cameron said many are pleased with the steady pace of the bishop’s rehabilitation. He also noted that it’s a sluggish process and nothing is being rushed. “We have to journey with him slowly.”

Monroe suffered a violent attack Oct. 22 after he tried to help a man who had knocked on the door of Sacred Heart Cathedral asking to see a priest.

The accused, John Bandura, was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon. He is undergoing a psychiatric assessment to determine if he is able to stand trial.