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CURRENT ISSUE:  February 9 , 2009
VOL. 47, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA
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The Diocesan Consultors have elected Father Dan Danielson, retired pastor of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, as diocesan administrator to lead the day-to-day activities of the Oakland Diocese until a bishop is appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to replace Bishop Allen Vigneron who became archbishop of Detroit last month.

Father Dan Danielson
Shortly after his election was announced on Feb. 3, Father Danielson said his primary goal is “to keep flourishing the wonderful ministries that are active in this diocese.” He added that his responsibilities do not include new initiatives. “Those new directions and developments will have to await the new bishop.”

It could be a few months or as much as a year before a new bishop is announced, he said.

Father Danielson, 71, was born in San Francisco and grew up in Oakland’s St. Jarlath Parish where he was ordained in 1963. Over the past 45 years he has held a number of diocesan and national posts in addition to being pastor of St. Paschal Parish in Oakland (1980-1985) and CCOP (1985-2007).

He drafted the by-laws and was the first secretary of the diocesan Senate of Priests and later served as its president. He has been diocesan director of clergy education, formation director of the permanent diaconate, and vicar for Catholic Charismatics.

He was a member of the first Diocesan Pastoral Council, served on the diocesan strategic planning group, and for several years was dean of southeast Alameda County and a consulter to Bishop John Cummins.

Father Danielson founded and served as first director of the Vatican II Institute for Clergy Formation at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, and co-founder of the National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy.

He has gained national recognition as a retreat leader for seminarians and priests. In 1991 he gave a retreat to a group of Catholic bishops. The National Federation of Priests Councils honored him with its President’s Award in 2000.

Father Danielson, who lives at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont, assumed his new responsibilities immediately. He will have an office at the Chancery in the cathedral complex in downtown Oakland.

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