The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno became the sixth bishop of Los Angeles on Feb. 1, 2002. Since that time he has become a leader in the Episcopal Church in such areas as interfaith ministry, education, nonviolence and reconciliation. Among the program instituted under his leadership are Hands in Healing, a program for preventing violence; the Kaleidoscope Project, which facilitates ministry in multicultural settings; and the diocesan Reconciliation Project, which works with people of diverse backgrounds and opinions, helping them find ways to understand each other and work together.
Upon becoming Bishop of Los Angeles, Bishop Bruno called on the people of the diocese to be people of mission for the Christian faith. He has identified the "facts" of such mission as formation in faith, a sense of the abundance of God's generosity, competence, truth and service. In his call to mission, Bishop Bruno encourages clergy and laypersons to "plan and prepare for God's service, work for abundance; and care for the community as we would care for Jesus."
A resident of Pasadena, Calif., Bishop Bruno is married to Mary Bruno, a retired law administrator in Los Angeles and a long-time human-resources professional. Their family includes three adult children and five grandchildren.
Bruno was elected Bishop Coadjutor of the six-county Diocese of Los Angeles on November 13, 1999. In Episcopal Church polity, a bishop coadjutor is elected to succeed a bishop diocesan at such time as the latter chooses to retire.
Bishop Bruno was ordained to the episcopate on April 29, 2000, in a liturgy at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Prior to his ministry as bishop coadjutor, he served for some 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 and is the oldest Episcopal parish in Southern California. As rector of St. Athanasius', beginning in 1986, he collaborated with his predecessor, Bishop Frederick H. Borsch, in construction of the Cathedral Center on the parish's lakefront site in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles.
During his tenure at St. Athanasius, Bishop Bruno continued his longstanding advocacy for youth and families, for gang diversion, for immigration equity and in the wider sphere of human rights. He chaired the board of the Episcopal Community Federal Credit Union and was vice-chair of the Nehemiah West Housing Corp., which has built some 300 single-family dwellings for purchase by low- and moderate-income families. He is also founder of the Institute for Urban Research and Development, an institution of the Diocese of Los Angeles.
From 1990 to 1993, Bishop Bruno also served the Diocese of Los Angeles by strengthening its fiscal resources as missioner for stewardship and development. He was also an elected deputy to the national church's 2000 General Convention, having assisted in the Convention's operations and security services for several years prior.
Bishop Bruno has served as a priest in urban, suburban and rural settings. From 1977 to 1979, he was parish associate at St. Patrick's Church in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was associate rector from 1979 to 1980 at St. Mary's Church in Eugene, Oregon, during which time he was concurrently vicar of St. Teresa's, Junction City, Oregon. While in the Northwest, he was active both in building church facilities and new congregations. From 1983 to 1986, he was associate rector at St. Paul's Church in Pomona, Calif.
Bishop Bruno was ordained to the priesthood in 1978 in the Diocese of Los Angeles by its fourth bishop, the Rt. Rev. Robert Claflin Rusack. 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. The bishop holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from California State University, Los Angeles (1974), and a license in criminology from California State University, Long Beach (1972). Prior to his ordination, Bishop Bruno was a police officer in the city of Burbank, Calif.
Joseph Jon Bruno was born Nov. 17, 1946, in Los Angeles to Dorothy and Joseph J. Bruno. Together with his sister, Bishop Bruno was raised in Los Angeles and attended local city schools. He is the first native Angeleno to be elected bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles, which was established formally in 1895.
The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Los Angeles today encompasses 70,000 Episcopalians in 147 congregations located in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Served by some 400 clergy, the Diocese also includes some 40 Episcopal schools and some 20 social service and chaplaincy institutions.