Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Bruce Bickel Mosier

The Rev. Bruce Mosier was born in Bristol, Indiana, on 8 June 1903, the son of Horace and Jennie (Bickel) Mosier. He grew up as a member of St. John's Church in Bristol and began his career as a linotype operator for the Elkhart Truth newspaper. He married Dorothy Belle Wilder in Coldwater, Michigan, on 2 September 1922. He became interested in the Episcopal ministry in mid-life and read for orders under Bishop Reginald Mallett, being ordained to the diaconate in 1944 and the priesthood in 1946. He began his career as an assistant at St. John's in Elkhart and also served briefly for a year at St. James in Goshen between 1944 and 1945. He became rector of St. John's (now St. John of the Cross) in Bristol later in 1945 and served until 1948. He became rector of St. James in Goshen and remained therefor 20 years, eventually becoming its rector emeritus. He was also given charge again of Bristol, serving there from 1952 to 1965. He was instrumental in starting a new church in Warsaw in 1959 that became St. Anne's, serving as its first vicar until 1952. In retirement he served as a supply priest for many parishes and was stationed at St. Paul's Mishawaka for an extended period in 1985. He was made an honorary canon of the cathedral in 1988. He died in Goshen on 3 January 1997 and was buried in the churchyard of St. John of the Cross in Bristol.


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