NJ bishop to begin dialysis for kidney disease

**FILE**In this April 19, 2005 file photo, Camden Roman Catholic Bishop Joseph A. Galante makes comments on the new pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, in Camden, N.J. (AP Photo/ Brian Branch-Price,File)

September 30, 2011 6:08:24 AM PDT
Camden Roman Catholic Bishop Joseph Galante says he expects to continue an "active work schedule" as he begins dialysis for chronic kidney disease.

The 73-year-old told his flock in a letter that he has been treated for Type II diabetes for 11 years and for failing kidneys for little more than a year.

Diocese spokesman Peter Feuerherd told The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill it is not expected that Galante will be replaced any time soon.

Galante has led the Camden diocese since April 2004.

The diocese serves 500,000 parishioners in southern New Jersey.


Information from: Courier-Post, http://www.courierpostonline.com/