New leader of Episcopal diocese was once NFL player, cop and Catholic

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A minister who played professional football and later served as a police officer will become the sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

The Rt. Rev. Jon Bruno will succeed the Rt. Rev. Frederick Borsch, who is stepping down Jan. 31 after 14 years in the job.

A ceremony marking the transition was held last weekend during the diocesan annual convention. Bruno will take over all functions of the position, but will not be given the title of bishop until after Borsch leaves.

Bruno's installation ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 9.

The 55-year-old Bruno is a Los Angeles native and former Roman Catholic who played football for the Denver Broncos and served on the Burbank police force. He said he later found he was best at helping people ''see the divinity within.''

As bishop, he plans to focus on gay rights, diversity and ending domestic and street violence.

''I want to create the best community you can ever imagine,'' he said.

The Los Angeles diocese has 85,000 members and covers Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and portions of Riverside counties.


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