Tod Brown Obituary, Death Cause – By Sammy Loco – I am deeply saddened to announce the passing of Bishop Emeritus Tod David Brown. On the morning of October 15, our community bid farewell to a remarkable man who dedicated his life to the service of God and his fellow human beings. Bishop Brown passed away at St. Joseph Hospital, leaving behind a legacy of faith, compassion, and tireless dedication to the Diocese of Orange.
Bishop Brown’s journey in the service of the church began in 1998 when he was appointed by Pope St. John Paul II as the bishop and ordinary of the Diocese of Orange. His tenure as a bishop marked a significant chapter in the history of the Diocese, as he led the community with unwavering dedication, commitment, and a deep sense of spirituality. One of the many aspects that made Bishop Brown special was his tireless spirit and unwavering witness to Christ. He approached his role with a humility and kindness that resonated with those he served. His leadership was defined not just by his administrative capabilities but also by his ability to connect with the people of his Diocese on a personal level. This unique quality endeared him to many, making him a beloved and respected figure in the Diocese of Orange and beyond.
As we remember Bishop Brown’s life and his contributions to the Diocese of Orange, it’s impossible not to reflect on his remarkable journey and the lives he touched. His dedication to the church and its teachings was evident in every aspect of his work. He tirelessly worked to ensure that the message of love, faith, and hope reached every corner of the Diocese, leaving a profound impact on the spiritual lives of many.
Personal anecdotes and stories about Bishop Brown highlight his genuine kindness and compassion. His influence extended not only to the congregation but also to his fellow clergy. The Fall of 1981 holds a special memory for many, as Bishop Brown’s kindness shone brightly. He nurtured the faith of those around him and helped guide the newly ordained priests, like the author of this article, towards a deeper understanding of their roles and responsibilities.
One particular moment worth remembering is when Bishop Brown and the newly ordained priest found themselves at the Casa Santa Maria in Rome, which is also known as The North American College. It was in this holy setting that Bishop Brown’s mentorship left a lasting impression. His guidance and support helped shape the careers and spiritual journeys of countless priests, leaving an indelible mark on the church and its faithful.
Bishop Brown’s legacy will continue to shine brightly through the lives he touched and the faith he shared. As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate the extraordinary life he lived and the countless hearts he touched during his time as the Bishop of Orange. In the coming days and weeks, the Diocese of Orange will come together to honor Bishop Emeritus Tod David Brown, reflecting on his teachings, his faith, and the love he had for his congregation. We will remember his kindness, humility, and unwavering dedication to Christ and his people.
Bishop Brown’s life is a testament to the power of faith, compassion, and the enduring impact of a life well-lived in service to a higher purpose. While we grieve his passing, we also take comfort in knowing that his spirit lives on in the hearts of all those who had the privilege of knowing him. We pray for Bishop Brown’s eternal peace and offer our gratitude for the profound influence he had on our lives and our faith.
(Editor’s Note – In 2004, Bishop Brown released the names of clergy accused of child sexual abuse in his diocese. As head of the 1.2-million person Diocese of Orange County, he oversaw a $100 million settlement to victims of sexual abuse that year. At the time, the settlement was the largest ever.