Friday, November 8, 2002

Lafayette bishop to retire

Bishop Edward O'Donnell of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette said Friday he is retiring immediately and will be replaced in December by Bishop Michael Jarrell, now of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux.O'Donnell, 71, told Lafayette television station KLFY that health problems over the last few years contributed to his decision."It all started with a small stroke, then diabetes which I had for five or six years that got worse and I had to take insulin shots daily," O'Donnell said. "Approximately one year ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and my experience with Parkinson's may not be typical."

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