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most_reverend_bishop_tod_d._brown.jpgTHE MOST REVEREND TOD D. BROWN D.D. Bishop Emeritus of Orange ( View Coat of Arms )

Tod David Brown was born in San Francisco on November 15, 1936, the first of two children born to George and Edna Anne Brown. His brother Daniel Brown lives in Orinda, California with his wife.

Bishop Brown received his early education at various schools in Northern California. His seminary education and formation were at Ryan Seminary in Fresno, St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo and North American College in Rome, Italy. He holds a B.A. from St. John’s Seminary, a STB from Gregorian University, Rome, and has Master degrees in biblical theology and education from the University of San Francisco.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 1963 for the Diocese of Monterey in California. In the Diocese of Monterey he had various assignments, including parochial vicar, pastor, chairman of the Divine Worship Commission, chairman and member of the Presbyterial Council and Priests Pension Committee, and member of the Diocesan Board of Education. In addition, he served as Chancellor, Moderator of the curia and the Vicar General.

On December 27, 1988, Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Boise, Idaho. He was ordained and installed as Bishop of that See on April 3, 1989. On September 3, 1998, Bishop Brown was installed as the third Bishop of Orange, succeeding Bishop Norman McFarland, who had served the Diocese of Orange until his retirement.

Bishop Brown has served/is serving on the following committees:

-        --Consultor to the Bishops Committee on Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue
Member, Orthodox-Roman Catholic Bishop’s Dialogue
Member, board of trustees for St. Patrick’s Seminary & University; Chairman, Ongoing Priestly Formation Committee of the board of trustees    
Member, Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A.
Former member, Pontifical Council on Interreligious Dialogue
Former chairman, Laity Committee for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops
Former member, North American College Board of Governors; Lay Ministry Subcommittee; Third Millennium Subcommittee
Former chairman, Bishop’s Committee on Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue 
Former member, Pastoral Practices
Former member, World Mission
Former member, Administrative Committee
Former member, Bishop’s Committee on Liturgy


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