Bishop John-David Schofield was a great man of God. I – like so very many others – shall miss him terribly.
His spiritual depth twinned with his unparalleled sense of humor made him one of a kind. The Renaissance poet Dante Alighieri once likened the sound of heaven’s perpetual “Holy, Holy, Holy” to “the laughter of the ages.” With our beloved late Father-in-God now swelling the chorus, there will be more laughter than ever. Ours is the loss. Jesus is our hope. Rest in peace dear friend.
To the faithful of the Diocese of San Joaquin, and to all who grieve in this season, please be assured of my prayers, and of those of all the faithful of the Anglican Church in North America.
The Most Revd Robert Duncan, D.D.
Archbishop, Anglican Church in North America
Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with a heavy heart but a joyful spirit that I must share with you the passing of our beloved brother, the Rt. Rev. John-David Schofield. Bishop Schofield died peacefully at home sometime last night sitting in his favorite green chair and was found this morning by friends. My heart is heavy because I am selfish and desire my brother by my side, but also joyful because I know that at this moment he has heard the words of our Lord, “Well done good and faithful servant.” I can picture +John-David sitting at the banquet table of our Lord with his sister and parents who have gone before him.
As I write this note to you all I am in Rome with my wife, but will be returning home as soon as humanly possible. Dean Carlos Raines has anointed Bp. Schofield and begun the sad task of making funeral arrangements. We have nothing specific to share with you at this moment, but will let you know as soon as possible what the arrangements are for Bp. Schofield’s funeral.
God Bless you all!
“Oh God whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of thy servant John-David, Bishop, and grant him an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of thy saints; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.” Amen
The Nairobi Hospital is blessed with an excellent medical facility and staff, treating patients both from Kenya, and the larger East Africa region.
His physician recommended a round of intravenous antibiotics to reduce the swelling, followed by oral surgery. Last night the surgery went forward as anticipated, and we are pleased to report that it went well. Archbishop Duncan is recovering in a private room with his wife Nara at his side. Prior to his surgery, Archbishop Duncan was passing the time in the hospital by reading his Bible and the biography of William Wilberforce, Amazing Grace.
In God’s providence, Archbishop Duncan’s surgeon is a Christian, and asked to pray with the Archbishop and Nara before the surgery.
Archbishop Duncan thanks you for your prayers, and asks for your continued prayer for the Global Anglican Future Conference.