On August 16, 2017, Bishop Francis wrote:
Yesterday, on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven body and soul, I celebrated Thanksgiving Mass as it was also the 70th Anniversary of my joining the Discalced Carmelites Order as a novice. The group of people in one of the photos are some of my nephews and nieces with some of their children.
On August 6, 2017, Bishop Francis wrote:
Happy Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Christ Jesus. I am preparing myself to be admitted in the Nursing Home for elderly clergy run by the archdiocese situated not far from our Community where I am. It will be later this month when I leave my Community. I can say that I am recovering relatively fairly well, though slowly, after my radiation therapy. The fact remains though that my old age claims its special needs. Thank you for your prayers.
On July 9, 2017, Bishop Francis wrote:
The treatment for my lung cancer by radiotherapy was done during the first three weeks of June. The doctor in charge, to check the follow-up for any symptoms connected perhaps with the treatment, told me yesterday not to worry. Still it will take some time to recover fully. Please convey this news to our faithful in Kuwait on the website: www.avona.org.