Archbishop Emeritus Brunett recovering from stroke

Archbishop Emeritus Alexander J. Brunett. Photo: Ray Meuse Archbishop Emeritus Alexander J. Brunett. Photo: Ray Meuse

Physical therapy continues for the retired archbishop, who is making progress


Archbishop Emeritus Alexander J. Brunett is recovering at his residence following a Sept. 12 stroke that sent him to the hospital. 

"Archbishop Brunett is very aware that we have been supporting him and praying for him in many ways since his stroke, and he often expresses his gratitude," Archbishop J. Peter Sartain wrote in an Oct. 7 letter to the archdiocese's priests and pastoral coordinators. "Please keep up your prayers, as the Lord is certainly showing him his favor."

The retired archbishop underwent successful surgery Sept. 12 at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue after the stroke and spent some time in the intensive care unit. On Sept. 20, he returned to his retirement residence in downtown Seattle, but a fever sent him back to the hospital a day later.

He continued physical therapy at Overlake and returned to a nursing-care section of his residence Oct. 7, where he is expected to continue therapy for several weeks. Once he gains more strength, the retired archbishop will move to another facility for more intensive physical therapy.
Archbishop Brunett's "sense of humor is still very much with him," he is more alert and he can speak well enough to be understood, Archbishop Sartain wrote.

Visitors are still being limited to those on a short list, but cards and notes for Archbishop Brunett can be sent to him at: Archdiocese of Seattle, 710 Ninth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104.

Archbishop Brunett is a Detroit native who served as Archbishop of Seattle from 1997 to 2010.

October 14, 2013