The Rev. Himie-Budu “Budu” Shannon
The Rev. Himie-Budu Yakade Shannon, Sr. was born in Monrovia, Liberia on March 26, 1954. Father Shannon aspired to be a priest since childhood. Upon graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1984, this call was fulfilled when he was ordained at St. Thomas Church, Monrovia in October 1985.
He served as Curate of Trinity Cathedral, Monrovia until 1987. When civil war broke out in Liberia in 1990, Budu and his family moved to Nigeria. There he was appointed Assistant to the Dean of the Cathedral at Victoria Island, Lagos.
Following subsequent service in the Dioceses of Virginia, Connecticut, and North Carolina, he was called in 2009 to be Rector of Historic St. Andrew’s Church, Cleveland. This historically African-American congregation “ministers to the mental, physical and spiritual needs of the community through Anglo-Catholic traditions, prayers, and opportunities to study God’s word.” He served with the people of St. Andrew’s until his death on February 2, 2016.
Father Shannon is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Madia Garga-Shannon, his children Etta Nwowi Shannon, Wilma Davis (Andy), Himie-Budu, Jr., and Emmanuel Kpanteh, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
The people of St. Andrew’s and the Diocese of Ohio join with the Shannon family in offering prayers of thanksgiving to God for the life of this faithful servant, priest, and friend.