California Bishop Marc Andrus recovering from stroke

Posted Oct 8, 2019
Marc Andrus

Diocese of California Bishop Marc Andrus participates in the People’s Climate March on April 29, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Marc Andrus via Twitter

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 10:04 a.m. on Oct. 9.

[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, bishop of the Diocese of California, is recovering well after suffering a stroke at his office in San Francisco on Oct. 7, according to the diocese.

Andrus, 62, had an ischemic stroke, in which a clot blocks blood flow in the brain, and received acute stroke therapies, the Rev. Abbott Bailey, the diocese’s canon to the ordinary, wrote in an email.

“He is recovering well and has improved significantly. This is a very positive result, evidenced by the fact that he is, true to character, talking up a storm. He is in very good spirits,” Bailey wrote.

Bailey expects Andrus to transition back to work in early November. The diocesan convention, scheduled for Oct. 25-26, will go on as planned.

To allow Andrus’ family to focus on his health, Bailey requested that any communication be directed through her. Bailey also asked for prayers for Andrus; his wife, Sheila; their daughters, Chloé and Pilar; and his medical team.

“The family is immensely grateful for your love and support,” Bailey wrote. “As Sheila said, ‘He’s a tough Tennessee boy.’”

Andrus, a Tennessee native, was installed in 2006 as bishop of the Diocese of California, which encompasses the San Francisco Bay Area.

Andrus is a leading Episcopal voice on creation care issues and the fight against climate change. He has led several Episcopal delegations representing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at global climate summits, and last month he was one of the bishops who organized a demonstration at the House of Bishops meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in solidarity with the youth-led climate strikes around the world on Sept. 20.