The Right Reverend Daniel
Bishop of Santa Rosa
Bishop Daniel [Brum] was born in 1954 the eldest of three children born to Orville
Antonio and Marjory Brum. He was raised in Riverdale, CA—a community predominantly
comprised of Portuguese-American families—where he graduated from high school in
Raised in the Roman Catholic tradition, he enrolled at Saint Patrick’s College Seminary,
Mountain View, CA, where, during his freshman year, he first encountered the history
of the Orthodox Church and frequently attended services at Saint Nicholas Church,
Saratoga, CA, at that time under the rectorate of Mitered Archpriest George Benigsen,
who welcomed him and encouraged him to explore Orthodox Christianity further. In
the early 1970s, he began reading the Church Fathers and tried to integrate what
he was learning of Orthodoxy into his regular courses of study.
He received a BA in Humanities, with specialization in history, philosophy and English
literature, from Saint Patrick’s College Seminary in 1977, after which he entered
Saint Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, CA, where he continued the study of Church
history. In 1981, he received his Masters of Divinity degree and was ordained to
the Roman Catholic priesthood. After ordination, he served in a variety of capacities
and was especially involved in the Portuguese-American community. He also served
as diocesan Director of Vocations and as editor of the Portuguese-language page of
the diocesan newspaper.
In 1992, he was asked by his bishop to pursue further studies and, in 1995, he completed
the academic work and received a degree in canon law (JCL) from the Catholic University
of America, Washington, DC. His relationship with Orthodoxy continued as he continued
research within the context of the Orthodox Church councils. During this time, he
seriously contemplated conversion to Orthodox Christianity—a difficult decision given
his background and ties. Ultimately, it was his study of canon law that impelled
him to respond to the call to embrace Orthodox Christianity.
After completing his course of studies in canon law, he returned to his diocese and
was assigned to the Diocesan Tribunal, as well as to a small mission parish in a
rural setting. During this period, his feelings and perceptions about Catholicism,
based upon years of personal experience and reinforced through informal and formal
study, were confirmed, while his growing love and appreciation for the Orthodox Church
were increasingly confirmed and strengthened.
He petitioned to be received into the Orthodox Church in America in 1997 and was
vested as an Orthodox priest by His Grace, Bishop Tikhon of San Francisco and the
West at the Monastery of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco on the Saturday
of the Praises of the Theotokos the same year, after which he served briefly at Saint
Nicholas Church, Saratoga, CA before his assignment to Saint Paul the Apostle Church,
Las Vegas, NV. In August 1998, he was transferred to the omophorion of His Eminence,
Archbishop Peter and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey and assigned Rector of
Saint Gregory Palamas Mission, Flemington, NJ, where he gained a new appreciation
for the hard work and special challenges faced by mission priests. In 2000, he was
appointed Secretary to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius and, later, to His
Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman. He also served on several Church committees and commissions,
including the Canons and Statute Commission, the Statute Revision Task Force, the
Legal Advisory Board, and the Canonization Commission, and in numerous other capacities.
In December 2005, he expressed his desire to return to parish ministry and, in July
of the following year, he was transferred to the Diocese of San Francisco and the
West and appointed Rector of Saints Peter and Paul Church, Phoenix, AZ, which he
continues to serve. In October 2006, he was elected as a member of the Diocesan Council.
On October 21, 2014, the Holy Synod elected him to serve as auxiliary to His Eminence,
Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West as Bishop of Santa Rosa, CA. He
was consecrated to the episcopacy on January 24, 2015.