Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bishop Robert M. Anderson dies at 77

From ENS-

The Rt. Rev. Robert Marshall Anderson, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota from 1978 to 1993 and a former assisting bishop in the Diocese of Los Angeles, died May 3 in Minneapolis of pancreatic cancer. He was 77.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark's Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis. The family has asked that clergy attend but not vest. A reception will follow at the Woman's Club, 410 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis.

Interment will be at the columbarium at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul in Los Angeles at a later date. Plans for a memorial service in the Diocese of Los Angeles are pending.

Many of his fellow bishops and others paid tribute to Anderson as word of his death spread.

"The Episcopal Church has lost a great soul. Bishop Anderson prodded and led this church in the midst of many highly significant concerns. He was a leader in developing effective responses to sexual misconduct," said Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. "He was a tireless advocate for Native Americans throughout his ministry. I have powerful memories of his account of a labor action in Southern California, when marchers left bitter herbs in front of hotels who weren't treating their workers with dignity and justice. He told the story filled with both outrage at the injustice and glee at the creative response. That combination of passion and joy characterized his ministry. We will miss his prophetic voice and presence, but I am sure his ministry will continue to resound among us -- and probably in the heavenly courts. May he rest in peace and rise in glory, and may all those who mourn find comfort. He has joined the communion of saints."

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