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CURRENT ISSUE:  July 5, 2011
VOL. 49, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA
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Father Kenneth Nobrega

Father Kenneth Nobrega, parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Pinole, is the new vocations director for the Oakland Diocese, succeeding Father Larry D’Anjou, who for eight years has recruited, led and befriended the diocese’s future priests.

Father D’Anjou will go on sabbatical, traveling and studying in Europe, before returning for a parish assignment in November. Father Mark Amaral will be the new parochial vicar at St. Joseph’s. Father Sergio Lopez, a diocesan canon lawyer, will continue to assist part time with Spanish-speaking vocations.

At a diocesan staff gathering, Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone praised Father D’Anjou’s work in building vocations — four new priests were ordained in May and 24 others are in formation.

Father Larry D’Anjou
Father D’Anjou said working with former Bishop Allen Vigneron and now Bishop Cordileone was “inspiring and educating.”

Of his plans, Father Nobrega said, “I believe there are many young men and women living among us who have a call to priesthood and religious life.

“One of my goals as vocation director is to promote the reality that every Catholic in our diocese, whether lay person, religious or priest, is responsible for encouraging young persons to seriously discern God’s vocation for them,” he said.

There are many similarities between Fathers Nobrega and D’Anjou. Both were born and reared in Oakland and attended Catholic elementary schools. And both attended Cal State Hayward.

Like Father D’Anjou, who has a master’s degree in business administration and worked for Fremont’s NUMMI auto plant before becoming a priest, Father Nobrega also has a business background. Prior to entering St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, Father Nobrega was a building contractor and operated a licensed care facility for mentally disabled men.

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