J. Brooke Mosley

The Right Reverend

John Brooke Mosley
Bishop of Delaware
Portrait of the Rt. Rev. John Brooke Mosley upon his 1953 consecration as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Delaware.
Mosley in 1953
ChurchEpiscopal Church
ElectedJune 29, 1953
In office1955-1968
PredecessorArthur R. McKinstry
SuccessorWilliam H. Mead
by Henry Hobson
ConsecrationOctober 28, 1953
by Henry Knox Sherrill
Personal details
Born(1915-10-18)October 18, 1915
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
DiedMarch 4, 1988(1988-03-04) (aged 72)
New York City, New York, United States
ParentsJohn Brooke Mosley & Bertha Alice Urwiler
SpouseBetty Mary Wall
Previous postCoadjutor Bishop of Delaware (1953-1955)
Alma materTemple University

John Brooke Mosley Jr. (October 18, 1915 – March 4, 1988) was bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware, serving as diocesan from 1955 to 1968.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Mosley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 18, 1915. the son of John Brooke Mosley, a chemist, and Bertha Alice Urwiler. He was raised in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He graduated high school in 1932 and worked as a salesperson and then as a labourer in a cemetery. He then studied at Temple University, where he also worked at the university library and as a watchman. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1937. Later, he then also studied at the Episcopal Theological Seminary from where he graduated in 1940 with a Bachelor of Divinity. In 1941 he also studied psychiatry at the Washington School of Psychiatry. He was awarded a Doctor of Divinity from Kenyon College in 1954 and another from Colgate University in 1971, a Doctor of Sacred Theology from Hobart University in 1956 and another from Dickinson College in 1973, and a Doctor of Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1971.

Ordained Ministry[edit]

Mosley was ordained deacon in 1940 and became assistant at the Church of St Barnabas in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1941 he was ordained priest and a year later he became rector of St Barnabas'. In 1944, he became director of the Department of Social Relations of the Diocese of Washington, while in 1948 he was appointed Dean of St John's Cathedral in Wilmington, Delaware, where he remained till 1953.[1]


Mosley was elected Coadjutor Bishop of Delaware on June 29, 1953 during a special convention which took place at Immanuel Church in Wilmington, Delaware.[2] He was consecrated on October 28, 1953 in St John's Cathedral by Presiding Bishop Henry Knox Sherrill, co-consecrated by Henry Hobson of Southern Ohio and Arthur R. McKinstry of Delaware.[3] He succeeded as diocesan bishop on January 1, 1955 and was installed on January 16, 1955. He resigned his see on October 1, 1968. Between 1968 and 1970 he served as deputy of the Executive Council for overseas relations. He then served as president of Union Theological Seminary from 1970 to 1974, where he strove to increase the student body with minority people and women. He was the first president of the seminary to come from a non-Calvinist tradition. He also served for a time as Assistant Bishop of Pennsylvania from 1975 till 1982 and then as chairman of Planned Parenthood in Southeastern Pennsylvania from 1984 to 1987. Mosley was a vocal supported of civil rights since the 1950s and was critical of the Vietnam war. He died of a heart attack in Pennsylvania Station, New York City whilst boarding a train for Philadelphia, on March 4, 1988.[4]


  1. ^ "J. Broke Mosley. Jr., Retired Bishop Dies", Episcopal News Service, New York, 17 March 1988. Retrieved on 03 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Dean Mosley Elected". The Living Church. 127 (2): 6. July 12, 1953.
  3. ^ "Bishop Mosley Consecrated". The Living Church. 127 (19): 7–8. November 8, 1953.
  4. ^ "Bishop Brooke Mosley, 72, Dies; Ex-Head of Theological Seminary", The New York Times, New York, 06 March 1988. Retrieved on 03 November 2019.