Bishop Robert N. Lynch, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, is recovering from his third surgery in five months.
It's unknown whether Lynch, 68, will be released from the hospital in time for Christmas, said Frank Murphy, spokesman for the diocese.
"That would be a wonderful present for all of us,'' he said, adding that Lynch remains in intensive care.
"We're hoping he gets to a regular bed in a day or so and he leaves the hospital soon after that,'' Murphy said.
Writing in his blog two days before his Dec. 10 surgery, Lynch said he hoped it was the final one in the series of procedures that began in July, when he underwent surgery to remove a suspicious polyp in his colon. He was rushed into a second surgery Aug. 6 after developing sepsis, a bacterial infection in the bloodstream. The most recent surgery included a reversal of his ileostomies and removal of his gall bladder.
He was consecrated bishop of the diocese, an area that spans Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties, in January 1996.