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Former Raleigh bishop suffers brain hemorrhage

Posted July 23, 2010
Updated July 25, 2010

— The Rev. Joseph Gossman, who headed the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh for more than 30 years, is recuperating after suffering a brain hemorrhage, diocese officials announced Friday.

Gossman, 80, experienced a medical problem while vacationing in Canton, Ohio, a few weeks ago and was briefly hospitalized, officials said. He returned to North Carolina last week and was at St. Joseph of the Pines, a Catholic health care facility in Southern Pines.

On July 15, he was admitted to Moore Regional Hospital, where tests determined that he had suffered a brain hemorrhage, officials said. He was moved back to St. Joseph of the Pines on Saturday afternoon for several months of rehabilitation.

“Bishop Gossman is comforted in knowing of the many prayers being offered on his behalf throughout our diocese,” Bishop Michael Burbidge said in a statement.

Gossman was bishop of the Raleigh diocese, which covers the eastern half of the state, from 1975 to 2006, when he retired and was replaced by Burbidge.


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  • NotFromHere Jul 23, 2010

    What a wonderful human being. Every time I've met him he's been just a joy to be around. Always pleasant, and forever with a big smile on his face. God bless him. I'll be praying for him.

  • momeeee Jul 23, 2010

    Bishop Gossman is a wonderful man! He will be in my prayers!

  • loyalgirl1111 Jul 23, 2010

    Praying for your healing.