Los Angeles diocesan bishop diagnosed with leukemia

Posted Apr 27, 2012

[Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles] The diocesan community stands in prayer with Bishop J. Jon Bruno who on April 26 received a diagnosis of acute monocytic leukemia. He will begin treatment immediately. Bishop Bruno has issued a statement to the diocesan community.

The full text is below.


April 26, 2012

My dear friends,

As we move close to the 12th anniversary of my consecration on April 29, I am looking forward to the future, yet any time we make too many plans, we have to wait and listen for God.

Having had what I thought was a bout of pneumonia since the House of Bishops last met in March, I have gone back into the hospital to determine what this nagging problem has been.

With the great assistance of Dr. David Cannom of Los Angeles Cardiology Associates, Dr. Glenn Hatfield of The Medical Group, Dr. Lasika Senevirante of the Los Angeles Cancer Network, and the staff of Good Samaritan Hospital, I have discovered that this nagging problem is more than I thought it was. But I have been convinced by Dr. Cannom and Dr. Senevirante that I am too stubborn to let this go by the wayside, so we will start immediately to begin aggressive treatment for Acute Monocytic Leukemia (AML M5).

I don’t do anything lightly, and I am never surprised that when God calls me, it is to do more than I asked or thought. The doctors are of a mind that we can beat this, but I want to be honest with you: I am frightened. Not unlike the amputation, or the metabolic staph infection (MRSA) that I experienced, or the court cases, a few challenges have come across our path.

I want you folks to be as positive as you can be, and I need your prayers and support at this time. I want you to know that I have raised all of these concerns with my colleague Bishops, Diane Jardine Bruce and Mary Douglas Glasspool.

I will continue to serve as Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles with the able assistance of the Bishops Suffragan and the Executive Staff. I, together with Bishops Bruce and Glasspool, Canon David Tumilty, the Rev. Canon Joanna Satorius and Canon Robert Williams will continue to be the management team of the Diocese.

This will require some changes for us to continue to serve you in the life of this Diocese, and we will remain faithful. We will not hold things back from you, and we will remain in regular communication.

If it should be that my health does take a turn for the worse, I will do what is needed to accomplish the election of the next Diocesan Bishop. I have notified Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Bishop Stacy Sauls, and the Rev. Canon Chuck Robertson, and they have all assured me that they will do all they can to be of assistance.

I want to assure you all of the depth of love, respect and grace that I feel from this Diocese each day of my life. My love to you, my appreciation, and forever my dedication.

Yours in Christ,
+ J. Jon Bruno
Sixth Bishop of Los Angeles


Comments (29)

  1. michael Neal says:

    Our prayers are with you, Bishop Bruno.

    1. Fr. E. Ulric C-Jones says:

      Dear Bishop Bruno:

      We pray for God’s healing grace and touch upon you and for your complete recovery. He is faithful.

      We pray for His guidance upon your doctors and all health professionals as you begin the process.

      Remember that the longest journey begins with the first step. Keep your chin up, Bishop, and smile.

      1. Michelle Jarski says:

        Dear Bishop Bruno,
        My prayers are with you and for you, as a Daughter of the King I know the power of prayer. Miracles happen every day. FHS. Michelle Jarski.

  2. Neil and Pauline Maxwell says:

    Dear Bishop Bruno,

    It is with sadness that we read of your illness,and we will of course be praying for you.

    We remember fondly spending time with you in Ireland on The Compass Rose visit, a few years ago. Your sermon on the Sunday at Christ Church Cathedral was truly memorable.

    Our warmest wishes and prayers to you and Mary.

    Very sincerely,
    Pauline and Neil Maxwell (Canada)

  3. Gary Goldacker says:

    My prayers, and those of St. Andrew’s Church in Burke, VA, where I serve as interim, are with you and Mary, as always. Blessings for you as you have been to so many.

  4. Camilla Pulatie says:

    Our prayers are with you and the churches in your diocese.

  5. Claire Addison says:

    Bishop Bruno, as former residents of the diocese, currently residing in Upper South Carolina, we read with dread your news. I will put you on our parish prayer list as well as our own. Your ministry is a blessing to the diocese and we all pray that your healing will allow you to continue your amazing work for the people of the diocese and all the people of Los Angeles.

    God be with you in your fight!

    Claire and Pete Addison

  6. The Rev. Netha N. Brada+ says:

    Dear Bishop Bruno,
    I am a priest in the Diocese of Iowa and had the joy of meeting you in Des Moines when our own Bishop Alan Scarfe was consecrated. We had a short conversation before the ceremony, but I do not remember what we said and you probably don’t either!! Be that as it may, I am so very sorry to hear of your diagnosis. This Sunday you will be remembered during Prayers of the People at St. Matthew’s-by-the-bridge, Iowa Falls IA, and on succeeding Sundays. May the blessing of God and the love of Jesus and the power of the Spirit continue to be with you in these coming days!
    Netha +

  7. Robert W Kley says:

    I am deeply saddened by this news. I raise up my prayers for you and your wife and family and those who are on your medical team. God’s love to you.

  8. Frank Bergen says:

    Jon and Mary, be assured that God is with you, and you will have a special place in our prayers. Shalom, Pat and Frank Bergen, Tucson

  9. The Rev. Lucretia Jevne says:

    My prayers and that of my congregation, St. Luke’s, Calistoga will be with you and your family and those treating you. May you constantly feel and experience the presence of the Good Shepherd as you walk through this valley of the shadow.

  10. The Rev. Kathryn Macek says:

    Dear Bishop Bruno,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you face this next challenge. May God’s peace and comfort surround you and may you find strength in knowing that God walks this journey with you.

  11. Ginger Hanning says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God’s peace and grace be with you all.

  12. Walter Brownridge says:

    Our prayers go out to you Bishop Jon.

  13. The Rev. Morris Hauge says:

    Having met you at St. Mary’s Church (Eugene, OR) many years ago, I have followed your journey of faith and service with admiration! You are in my prayers, and as Dame Julian wrote so many centuries ago, “…all will be well”. It is a promise of God’s Presence with us – no matter what unfolds.


  14. Mary Grace (M.G.) Brosius says:

    Jack and I send our prayers from Chestertown – for you and Mary (and +Mary and +Diane and staff). We, too, will make sure you’re on our parish prayer list (St. Paul’s, Kent). No doubt the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore – as ell as St. Luke’s, Carey Street (where Van+ is currently serving) – will do the same.


  15. The Very Reverend Bruce McMillan says:

    Prayers go up in Mississippi!

  16. Alfred Smith says:

    Jon: Our prayers are with you. We have known each other for years–since Thousand Oaks–so I have always called you a dear friend. May the Lord bring great healing…Al and Stephanie Smith in retirement–San Diego.

  17. The Rev. Martha Frances says:

    Dear +Bp. Bruno,
    Ever since you visited my new assignment to Lord of the Streets mission to the homeless in Houston’s midtown in 2000, I have admired your ministry & leadership, & my 3 subsequent visits to the Diocese of LA (Jubilee Ministries’ conference & 2 Kaleidoscope training weeks with Eric Law) have reaffirmed what an extraordinary person & bishop you are. Now I read with grief of your diagnosis & pray fervently for your return to the best of health. May your mourning be turned into dancing as God gives you new blessings in the midst of your dark days. Prayers always, Martha Frances+

  18. Bill Pregnall says:

    What a bummer! You will be in my and Joye’s prayers. Bill Pregnall

  19. martha knight says:

    Dear +Bp. Bruno-Know that you are in my prayers as well.

  20. Sabrina Nealy says:

    Dear Bishop Bruno,

    My prayers are with you and your family.

    Sabrina Nealy
    Office for Transition Ministry

  21. Rev. Dr. Kesner Ajax Diocese of Haiti Partnership program says:

    Dear Bishop Bruno,
    We are praying for you in Haiti.

    Rev.Dr. Kesner Ajax

  22. JackMMcKelvey says:

    You have been in struggles before. Keep on keeping on. God bless. Jack and Linda

  23. Ernie Telford says:

    Dear Jon,

    Pat and I thinking about you and praying for your recovery daily.

    Ernie & Pat Telford
    St. Patrick’s
    Thousand Oaks, CA

  24. Fr John Crean says:

    My dear, beloved Bishop!
    Know that your humble servant and our St. Luke’s, Monrovia parish, just around the corner from you at City of Hope in Duarte , is praying for you daily. We are certain that the energy from each and every one of those healing prayers is “very powerful.” (James 5:15-16). We pray that they have great effect in your treatment and healing process. Love and prayers, John+ and Flock



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