Skip to comments.(Catholic Caucus) Cardinal Francis George's personal physician is leaving
Posted on 06/12/2009 5:16:46 AM PDT by markomalley
Cardinal Francis George's personal physician plans to depart Chicago and leave medicine next month to take a job with his Roman Catholic religious order.
Dr. Myles Sheehan, 53, a Jesuit priest who has sported a clerical collar and white lab coat for 14 years at Loyola University Health System, has been selected to be the next provincial, or leader, of the Jesuits' New England Province based in Boston.
"As provincial, one of my main responsibilities will be taking care of the 300 Jesuits in New England, and I have a real peace knowing I will be able to ensure these men are taken care of," Sheehan said.
A leader in geriatric medicine and the cardinal's doctor for seven years, Sheehan stepped into the spotlight in 2006 when George was diagnosed with bladder cancer.
Sheehan also has served as senior associate dean of Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine and director of the Leischner Institute for Medical Education.
Sheehan said it's unlikely he would be flying back to care for the cardinal because Loyola has plenty of capable doctors.
Rev. Thomas J. Regan, the current provincial for the New England Province, said Sheehan's geriatric expertise "is uniquely suited both to understand and to engage a wide range of issues that is emerging within the Society's expanding population of aging priests and brothers."
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