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J. Jon Bruno, Former Bishop to LA Episcopal Diocese, Dies at 74

Published on Sunday, April 25, 2021 | 5:13 am
The Right Reverend Jon Bruno (left) with Hillsides CEO Joseph M. Costa during a holiday event at Parkway Grill in Pasadena, December, 2015. (Photo by Alison Bell for Hillsides)

Rev. J. Jon Bruno, former bishop to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, has died at the age of 74, his family said Saturday.

Bruno died of natural causes at his home on Friday, the family said.

As Bishop, Bruno was active in his support of Pasadena nonprofit Hillsides, an institution of the Diocese that works to protect children and preserve families.

“Our family and the many others who knew and loved Jon have been blessed with his magnificent life. We are gladdened to know that he has been greeted by St. Peter and is in the loving hands of God,” his wife Mary said in a statement. “We ask that our family is included in your prayers and our privacy respected in this time of grief.”

Bishop John Harvey Taylor praised Bruno’s commitment to multicultural and polylingual ministry, his advocacy for inclusion and equity for all people regardless of orientation and identification, and the visionary Seeds of Hope ministry he co-founded, which has helped bear tens of thousands of our neighbors through the pandemic with its food and education programs.

J. Jon Bruno was born Nov. 17, 1946, in Los Angeles. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1987 and served in his role as bishop to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles from 2002 until his retirement in 2017.

The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Los Angeles serves 70,000 Episcopalians in 148 congregations located in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties, and part of Riverside County. Served by some 400 clergy, the diocese also includes over 40 Episcopal schools and some 20 social-service and chaplaincy institutions.

Bruno retired after a panel of officials from the national Episcopal Church voted to suspend him for three years over a dispute in which Bruno tried and failed to sell the St. James the Great church in Newport Beach to a developer.

Services and other arrangements were pending.

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