Retired Seattle Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett suffered a stroke Thursday and is in critical but stable condition in the intensive-care unit at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue.
Brunett underwent surgery Thursday evening, according to a statement Friday from the Archdiocese of Seattle.
The 79-year-old Brunett was able to respond to voice commands following the operation.
Brunett served as archbishop from 1997 to 2010, acting as the spiritual leader of nearly 1 million Catholics in Western Washington. His successor, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, was with him at the hospital and administered the anointing of the sick.
Brunett is expected to remain in the hospital for several days, and is not able to receive visitors, according to the Archdiocese.
In a 2010 profile, Brunett was said to have left behind a “vibrant” archdiocese.