Memorial services for the Rt. Rev. Charles Shannon Mallory, 81, first bishop of the Diocese of Botswana and of the Diocese of El Camino Real, will be held Saturday, October 13 at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Cal.
Bishop Mallory died in Monterey on April 4. Born September 9, 1936 in Dallas, Tex., he grew up in Van Nuys, Cal. In 1961 he was ordained priest in South West Africa (now known as Namibia). His 18 years in Africa additionally spanned South Africa, Uganda and Botswana. In 1978 he and his family returned to the United States where he served as Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Long Island.
Bishop Mallory then served in the leadership of a second new diocese, El Camino Real, from 1980 – 1990, until his retirement. Following his retirement he held the position of Senior Director of World Neighbors in Oklahoma City, then lived in La Jolla, Cal. before settling in Indian Wells, Cal. as a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.
Bishop Mallory authored two books – Blacklisted!, his memoirs of 18 years of traveling throughout Africa, and Other Roads Less Traveled, a collection of sermons. “It was all a blessing,” he wrote in Blacklisted!, “and God has a delightful sense of humor.”
Mallory’s pastoral strength and love of the world’s people have left their mark on both sides of the ocean. A service commemorating him is being held in May at St. Mary’s Mission, Odibo, Namibia, where he was well loved and nicknamed “Ekuni” (meaning “rhino” in Oshikuanjama, the local language). On the other side of the globe, the Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves, current bishop of El Camino Real says “His interest in people, their spiritual journeys, and his sense of adventure were gifts to our diocese in its earliest days, nurturing it as a place where the Gospel could always flourish amidst a very diverse and rapidly changing context. He will always be a critical part of the story of El Camino Real and will be missed.”
Bishop Mallory was predeceased by Martha (“Marti”), his most recent wife, and before that Antonia (“Toni”). He is survived by his brother William Lee Mallory and his first wife Mondi, mother of his five children, plus nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.