Archbishop Alex J. Brunett
Retired Seattle Archbishop Alex J. Brunett, who served as the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Oakland from October 2012 to May of this year, has been recovering in a Seattle hospital after suffering a stroke Sept. 12.
The archbishop, 79, underwent surgery within three hours of the stroke. As of Sept. 18, he had begun speech therapy and physical therapy.
"He's doing really well," said Greg Magnoni, communications director for the Archdiocese of Seattle. He said that although the archbishop suffered paralysis on his left side, he has a "strong grip on his right side as anyone who has ever shaken hands with him would recognize."
Magnoni said the archbishop was expected to remain in intensive care for a week before moving to rehabilitation for additional therapy.
Archbishop Brunett, a Detroit native who served as archbishop of Seattle from 1997 to 2010, came out of retirement last October to become the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Oakland.
He engaged enthusiastically in the life of the Oakland diocese, visiting parishes and schools and presiding at the final events of its 50th anniversary celebration.
He served from Oct. 4, when Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone took his seat as archbishop of San Francisco, until May 25, when Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, was installed as the fifth bishop of Oakland. At that time, Bishop Barber said Archbishop Brunett would go down in history not as the apostolic administrator, but as the beloved apostolic administrator, of the Diocese of Oakland.
Cards and notes to the archbishop can be addressed to him at Archdiocese of Seattle, 710 Ninth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104.
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