Bishop discharged from hospital

Bishop David Monroe has been discharged from RIH seven weeks after he was brutally attacked by an emotionally disturbed assailant.

The bishop of the Kamloops Diocese will continue his recovery in the community, a statement from his family said Thursday.

"Thank God for this early Christmas gift," they wrote.

Monroe was attacked at the door to the Sacred Heart rectory Oct. 22 by John Bandura. Bandura is charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and mischief for the assault.

The bishop's family thanked those involved with his care during his recovery in hospital and the community for its prayers and support.

"The Bishop's nuclear and spiritual family is thankful for the community's concern and support, and appreciates that the media and public have respected his need for the privacy that has allowed him to focus on healing."

Monroe respectfully requests that the co-operation continues, they added.

After his arrest, Bandura told police that he stabbed the priest in the throat with a pen and then beat him severely with various objects inside the rectory.

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