Death of David Brown received on 1 May 1963, the ordination for the Diocese of Monterey - Fresno.
Pope John Paul II appointed him December 27, 1988 as Bishop of Boise City.
The Archbishop of Portland in Oregon, William Joseph Levada, consecrated him on April 3 of next year to the bishop; Sylvester William Treinen were co-consecrators, retired Bishop of Boise City, and Thaddeus Anthony Shubsda, Bishop of Monterey in California.
On 30 June 1998 he was appointed Bishop of Orange in California. On September 21, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI. be pre- attached for reasons of age resignation to.