Bishop George V. Murry, head of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown for more than a decade, has been diagnosed with leukemia.

On Monday, the diocese released the following statement:

"The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, has been diagnosed with a form of acute leukemia. He was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic on Sunday, April 29, 2018. He will undergo intensive chemo therapy for the next four weeks.

"The doctors at the Cleveland Clinic have stated that there are to be no visitors. Please keep Bishop Murry in your prayers.

The diocese said will give periodic updates on the 69-year-old’s health.

Murry was appointed to lead the Youngstown Diocese in 2007. A native of Camden, N.J., he converted to Catholicism in childhood.

In 1979, he was ordained as a priest in Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus.

Murry, a graduate of St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, earned a master of divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and a doctorate in American Cultural History from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Between 1974 and 1976, Murry served at Gonzaga College High School as dean of student activities, followed by an assistant professorship at Georgetown, and as president of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C.

He also served at University of Detroit as an associate vice president for academic affairs.

In 1995, the late Pope John Paul II ordained Murry into the episcopacy. He subsequently served as titular Bishop of Fuerteventura, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, and Coadjutor Bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.

In 2015, Pope Francis appointed Murry as a member of the Synod of Bishops to address family life. He currently chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.