Bishop Robert McManus diagnosed with prostate cancer

Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Worcester, Mass., Robert J. McManus speaks at a news conference at the Chancery in Worcester, Tuesday, March 9, 2004.

The Roman Catholic bishop of Worcester has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is scheduled undergo surgery next month.

Bishop Robert McManus, who is a native of Providence, said in a letter to diocesan priests that the cancer was discovered about six weeks ago during a routine physical examination.

Diocese spokesman Raymond Delisle told The Telegram & Gazette that the bishop opted for an operation after undergoing tests and after consulting with physicians.

Delisle said McManus, 62, put off the surgery given his busy schedule in May and June, which includes confirmations, ordination ceremonies and high school and college commencements.

McManus plans to convalesce in July and take some vacation time.

He has been Worcester bishop for 10 years, and previously was auxiliary bishop of Providence.

McManus was arrested in May 2013 for drunken driving in Narragansett. He admitted in the Traffic Tribunal to refusing a chemical breath test. The drunken driving charge was dismissed.

NBC 10 News contributed to this report.