J. Jon Bruno
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|J. Jon Bruno|
|Bishop of Los Angeles|
|In office||2002 — present|
|Consecration||29 April 2000|
November 17, 1946 |
|Previous post||Los Angeles
Early life and education
Joseph Jon Bruno was born in Los Angeles on November 17, 1946 to Dorothy and Joseph J. Bruno. Together with his sister, Bruno was raised in Los Angeles and attended local city schools.
Bruno holds a license in criminology from California State University, Long Beach (1972) and a bachelor's degree in physical education from the California State University, Los Angeles (1974). He holds a Master of Divinity degree (1977) from the Virginia Theological Seminary, which also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 2001.
Bruno was a police officer in the city of Burbank, California. He was also briefly a professional football player under contract to the Denver Broncos before an injury sustained early on prevented further activity with the team.
Bruno was ordained to the priesthood in 1978 in the Diocese of Los Angeles by its fourth bishop, the Rt. Rev. Robert Claflin Rusack.
From 1977 to 1979, Bruno was parish associate at St. Patrick's Church in Thousand Oaks, California. He was associate at St. Mary's Church in Eugene, Oregon from 1979 to 1980, while concurrently vicar of St. Teresa's in Junction City, Oregon. He was active both in building church facilities and new congregations. In 1980, he left St. Mary's to help form St. Matthew's Church, also in Eugene, where he served as vicar for several years before returning to California. From 1983 to 1986, he was associate at St. Paul's Church in Pomona, California.
He was named rector of St. Athanasius' Parish in 1986, and there collaborated with Bishop Borsch in construction of the Cathedral Center on the parish's lakefront site in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles. As pastor of this congregation, Bruno continued his advocacy for youth and families, for gang diversion, and for immigration equity, and worked in the wider sphere of human rights.
He served for eight years as Provost of the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, Los Angeles and as pastor to its multilingual congregation of St. Athanasius, which dates from 1864 as the oldest Episcopal parish in southern California. While provost, Bruno chaired the board of the Episcopal Community Federal Credit Union. He was vice-chair of the Nehemiah West Housing Corporation, which has built 300 single-family dwellings for purchase by low- and moderate-income families.
Bruno was elected Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Los Angeles on November 13, 1999. Within Episcopal Church polity, a bishop coadjutor is elected to succeed a diocesan bishop at such time as the latter chooses to retire.
From 1990 to 1993, Bruno served the Diocese of Los Angeles as its missioner for stewardship and development. He was an elected deputy to the national church's 2000 General Convention, having assisted in the convention's operations and security services for several years.
He is founder of the Institute for Urban Research and Development, the work of which is now related to Episcopal Housing and Economic Development, an institution of the Diocese of Los Angeles.
As bishop, Bruno has launched the "Hands in Healing" initiative for education and action related to eradicating violence in local, regional, national, and international contexts.
Bruno is a member of the wider Episcopal Church's Executive Council, as well as the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders. He is board chairman and honorary chairman of various diocesan institutions.
Bruno was ordained to the episcopate on April 29, 2000, in a liturgy at the Los Angeles Convention Center. He was seated on February 1, 2002, surrounded by more than 1,000 Episcopalians and guests who joined hands around Echo Park Lake.
Bruno is the first native Angeleno to be elected as bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles, which was established in 1895.
On May 17, 2015, Bruno announced to parishioners of St. James the Great, Newport Beach, that he had sold the church for $15 million to Legacy Partners Residential Development to be re-developed into 22 luxury townhomes. After dispute and protests from the church's parishioners over their will to remain an active parish and deed restrictions, on June 26, 2015, Bruno sued the original donor of the land of the church, the Griffith Company of Irvine, California, for title slander. On June 29, 2015, representatives of the Diocese of Los Angeles changed the locks of St. James the Great, Newport Beach, so that parishioners could no longer access the church. Proceeds of the church's sale will be held in the bishop's personal corporation to be used at his own discretion and will not be distributed to parishioners of St. James the Great to find a new church home.
Church and philosophy
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.
The diocese promotes affordable housing and entrepreneurship in Southern California through the Episcopal Housing Alliance and Economic Development. A major project is Chefs Center of California, a small-business incubator in Pasadena, California, that enables culinary entrepreneurs to start and accelerate the successful growth of their enterprises. Primary financial support for the Chefs Center is provided by the Henry T. Nicholas, III Foundation, which has contributed $1,350,000 to the incubator.
Bruno, in collaboration with the Reverend Bryan Jones of Long Beach, published a full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times's "California" section, on July 23, 2006. Titled Open Hearted, Open Minded Christianity, the tract called for an inclusive Christianity based on loving God and loving one's neighbor as oneself. With Malcolm Boyd, Bruno is co-author of the book In Times Like These: How We Pray (New York: Church Publishing, 2005).
Bruno has called for Southland Episcopalians to be people on a mission for the Christian faith. At the outset of his tenure as bishop, he identified the "FACTS" of such a mission to be Formation in faith, a sense of the Abundance of God's generosity, Competence, Truth and Service. In his call to mission, Bruno encourages clergy and laypeople to "plan and prepare for God's service; work for abundance; and care for the community as we would care for Jesus."
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- Hoffman, Susan (July 8, 2015). "St. James takes services outside for prayer and protest". Daily Pilot. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
- Fry, Hannah (July 3, 2015). "Bishop's pending sale of O.C. church leaves congregation locked out". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
- Nicolai, Megan (May 18, 2015). "Newport Beach Episcopal church to be sold". Orange County Register. Santa Ana, California. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
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- Newport Indy Staff (16 July 2015). "St. James Church Files Complaint Against Bishop". Newport Beach Independent. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
- Zint, Bradley (18 July 2015). "Episcopalians file complaint against bishop over church sale". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
- Episcopal Housing Alliance and Economic Development
- Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles website
- Parishes of the Diocese of Los Angeles
- Episcopal Church USA official website
|Episcopal Church (USA) titles|
|6th Bishop of Los Angeles
1 February 2002 – present