| Oakland fire, police chaplain steps down
Father Jayson Landeza
Father Jayson Landeza, who has been chaplain to the Oakland Fire and Oakland Police departments for more than a dozen years, announced that he relinquished both positions after receiving a new pastoral assignment that will take him to a suburban parish many miles away from the city.
Father Landeza, currently parochial vicar at St. Felicitas Parish in San Leandro, announced April 25 he has been assigned to St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon. His resignation will be effective May 15, the day his assignment begins in San Ramon.
"It has been an honor and privilege to serve the City of Oakland and the OFD for 14 years and OPD for 13 years. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your agencies and your lives. I informed Chief Deloach-Reed and Chief Jordan a short while ago," read Father Landeza's message. The announcement brought many notes of gratitude for his pastoral service in the Alameda County community as well as prayers and support for him as he begins his new assignment.
Father Landeza, 51, a native of Berkeley and a priest of the Diocese of Oakland for more than 25 years, first served as a chaplain in 1995 to the Fremont Police Department. In addition to OPD and OFD, he has also served as chaplain for the police and fire departments of the city of Berkeley, all while he serving the Oakland diocese as an associate pastor or pastor.
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