On November 15, 2017:
We received an email from Mr. Joseph Micallef, the nephew of H.L. Bishop Francis informing us that Bishop Francis was hospitalized on Monday, Nov 13, for lung infection and some other health-related complications. The Bishop has not been keeping well lately and has become very frail following his treatment. Joseph, on behalf of Bishop Francis, has requested us to notify the faithful of Kuwait about the Bishop's condition and has asked you to please keep Bishop Francis in your prayers.
On October 9, 2017, Bishop Francis wrote:
Good morning from a sunny day in Malta. I have settled in well at the nursing home. Last week, I had a cataract operation for my right eye, and tomorrow, I will have the x-rays of my back and left knee done. I have not yet recovered my appetite for food which I think is an effect of the radiation therapy. As our Carmelite Order is preparing to celebrate the Solemnity of Our Holy Mother Teresa of Jesus, I think of all of you these days in a special way. Many happy remembrances to one and all!
On August 16, 2017, Bishop Francis wrote:
Yesterday, on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven body and soul, I celebrated Thanksgiving Mass as it was also the 70th Anniversary of my joining the Discalced Carmelites Order as a novice. The group of people in one of the photos are some of my nephews and nieces with some of their children.
On August 6, 2017, Bishop Francis wrote:
Happy Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Christ Jesus. I am preparing myself to be admitted in the Nursing Home for elderly clergy run by the archdiocese situated not far from our Community where I am. It will be later this month when I leave my Community. I can say that I am recovering relatively fairly well, though slowly, after my radiation therapy. The fact remains though that my old age claims its special needs. Thank you for your prayers.
On July 9, 2017, Bishop Francis wrote:
The treatment for my lung cancer by radiotherapy was done during the first three weeks of June. The doctor in charge, to check the follow-up for any symptoms connected perhaps with the treatment, told me yesterday not to worry. Still it will take some time to recover fully. Please convey this news to our faithful in Kuwait on the website: www.avona.org.