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The Right Reverend James Burrows Brown served the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana as Bishop from 1976-1998. 

Since his retirement, he and his wife, Dr. Mary Jo Brown and their family have made St. Andrew's their spiritual home.

In 1957, he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister and served as a US Army chaplain between 1957 and 1959. A few years later he joined the Episcopal Church. He was ordained an Episcopal deacon on June 22, 1965, and priest later that year. He served as curate of St George's Church in Bossier City, Louisiana. He was later appointed as rector of Grace Church in Monroe, Louisiana and then of St Andrew's Church in New Orleans. In 1971 Brown was appointed as Archdeacon of Louisiana


He was elected Bishop of Louisiana in 1976 and was consecrated on April 24, 1976, by Presiding Bishop John Allin. Around 3000 people attended his consecration which took place in the Assembly Center of Louisiana State University. The drafted Book of Common Prayer was used for the consecration, which book was officially published in 1979. Brown is renowned for his efforts to form a new diocese in western Louisiana, as area which was not being served properly due to the increasing number of members. Hence in 1979 the General Convention of the Episcopal Church approved the division of the Diocese of Louisiana and established the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana.

Bishop Brown regularly says Mass for St. Andrew's teaches many of our formation classes, confirmation classes, and bible studies.

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