Believing in the Communion of Saints and the Resurrection to Life Everlasting, I ask your prayers for The Rt. Rev. John Clark Buchanan, Sixth Bishop of West Missouri, who passed into Larger Life the evening of Wednesday, April 15, at his home in South Carolina.
+John served The Diocese of West Missouri as Bishop Coadjutor in 1989, and as Bishop Diocesan from 1990 until 1999. After his resignation, Bishop Buchanan returned to his home state of South Carolina, but in retirement served as Bishop Provisional of Quincy until its juncture with the Diocese of Chicago as well as Bishop Provisional of Southern Virginia. He also held several offices in the House of Bishops, serving at the pleasure of several Presiding Bishops.
He will be buried in the next few days in a small, private, family-only ceremony. Later, a service to celebrate his life will be held, and we will share more when arrangements have been completed as well as other information that the family asks us to share. Bishop Buchanan is survived by his wife, Peggy, two daughters, and several grandchildren. Please be in prayer for Bishop John’s family and friends in their time of loss.
O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death,
and brought life and immortality to light:
Grant that your servant John, being raised with Christ,
may know the strength of his presence, and rejoice in his eternal glory;
who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen