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Bishop J. Jon Bruno leaves hospital, continues leukemia treatment

May 24, 2012 |  8:27 pm

Episcopal Bishop J. Jon BrunoEpiscopal Bishop J. Jon Bruno, who has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with leukemia, was released today and returned to his residence for continued recovery.

The 65-year-old bishop heads the six-county Los Angeles diocese and is credited with leading the church in a more liberal direction.

He will stay at his Episcopalian residence for two weeks, Bruno said Thursday in an open letter. During that time, Bruno said, he will be in protective isolation to decrease the chance of infection.

After two weeks, Bruno will return to City of Hope for three weeks during which he will receive chemotherapy. He will then return home and then undergo another three-week stay at the hospital.

"My physician team has indicated I may fully recover," Bruno said. "I believe  without a doubt that this miraculous type of recovery has only been possible because of the outpouring of prayer from our faith communities."

In May 2010, Bruno ordained the region's first two female bishops. One of them was the first lesbian bishop ordained in the Episcopal Church. 

He was born and raised in Echo Park and was former police officer in Burbank. After attending Cal State L.A. and Long Beach State, he signed a contract with the Denver Broncos, but an injury cut short his football career.

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Photo: Bishop J. Jon Bruno. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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