Thursday, March 5

Obituary : Reverend Orris Walker Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island dies at 72

The Right Reverend Orris Walker, who served as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island from 1991 to 2009, died on Feb. 28th after a bout with an undisclosed illness. 

Walker played a historic role in the life of the Episcopal church, and is remembered by his family and others as someone who always put the needs of others before those of himself. “My brother was a good Samaritan,” said Lance Walker in an interview with the AFRO. “He was always doing thingsfor others, and he’s just a good person, which you very seldom run into these days.  

He did for others before he did for himself, and that’s how I remember my brother.” A popular figure when he was growing up in Baltimore, Walker was also fondly remembered by AFRO Publisher, Jake Oliver. “ ‘Ja’ was like a “big brother’’ to many of us during our formative years, always ready to lend a kind ear, advice, and encouragement when we needed it. 

He indeed will be missed but always remembered with high regard and deep appreciation.” Bishop Walker was born in Baltimore on Nov. 5, 1942.  A graduate of Baltimore City College and the University of Maryland, Bishop Walker earned his Bachelor of Sacred Theology from General Theological Seminary in 1968, and would later earn his Doctorate of Ministry from Drew University in 1980. - 

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