Filipino-American Bishop Alejandro “Alex” Aclan was pronounced stable on Monday after suffering a stroke over the weekend.
According to Angelus news service, the auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles remains in intensive care unit at an area hospital since the stroke on Aug. 20.
In an Aug. 22 email to clergy, the archdiocese said the 71-year-old bishop is in “good spirits, but very tired.”
“He is very thankful for all your prayers,” the letter read.
Archbishop José Gomez also assured their prayers for Bishop Aclan’s fast and complete healing.
“We entrust Bishop Aclan to the maternal care of Our Lady of Guadalupe and we ask that she bring him healing and strength and give comfort to his family and loved ones,” he said.
Bishop Aclan took charge of the archdiocese’s San Fernando Pastoral Region after becoming auxiliary bishop in 2019.
Born and raised in Manila, he left the country for California in 1982 as an immigrant.
Some years later, he entered seminary formation and was ordained a priest of the archdiocese in 1993.
He is also the second Filipino-American priest to be named bishop in the U.S. after Bishop Oscar Solis of Salt Lake City.
Bishop Aclan was in the Philippines last month for a vacation and met Filipino bishops gathered for their plenary assembly in Tagaytay City.