The leukemia Bishop George Murry suffered from in 2018 has returned. 

It is not as intense as last year, but it needs attention, according to a statement released Tuesday from the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.

Murry, head of diocese, will enter the Cleveland Clinic Wednesday for a 28-day chemotherapy program.

The goal will be to prepare him for a bone marrow transplant in September, which his doctors believe is the best way to prevent another occurrence of the cancer, according to the statement.

During his time in the hospital, Monsignors Robert Siffrin, Peter Polando, John Zuraw and the Rev. John Jerek will meet with him weekly to discuss diocesan matters.

"The Bishop humbly asks that the people of the diocese pray for him and promises his prayers in return" Zuraw said in the statement.

Murry, after being diagnosed with acute leukemia in April 2018, underwent four weeks of inpatient treatment at the Cleveland Clinic. He was released June 1.

In September, made his first public appearance since his diagnosis, at the time saying he was cancer-free.

The diocese covers Stark, Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage and Trumbull counties.