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Bishop-elect Barber from those who know him

Father Carl Arcosa

Father Carl Arcosa
Parochial vicar
St. Francis of Assisi, Concord

Rev. Michael C. Barber SJ, was my seminary adviser when I was in St. Patrick's Seminary from 2005-2007. He was my professor in the Sacrament of the Holy Anointing and the Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation. His style in teaching and preaching is simple yet always practical, touches the heart and very grounded in the Holy Teachings of the Church. He was also the seminary's spiritual life director and was the one who facilitated for the establishment of our weekly prayer style groups and the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the seminary for daily exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. His person, his gifts and his Jesuit charism will surely be a great blessing for the People of God of the Diocese of Oakland and for the greater glory of God. Magis.

Father Lawrence D'Anjou

Father Lawrence D'Anjou
Parochial administrator,
St. Raymond, Dublin
Former vocations director, Diocese of Oakland

I met (Bishop-elect Michael C. Barber SJ) during my ministry as vocations director. He was on the faculty of St. Patrick's Seminary. I knew him as a member of the faculty at the seminary. His responsibilities were spiritual life of seminarians, and organizing retreats and weekends for those discerning the priesthood, for the military discerning a vocation. I knew him as a seminary formation adviser, and we had faculty meetings for evaluation of seminarians. He's very humble and very faithful. As a Jesuit he's trained to discern well. I'd like to think he'll be a good shepherd for us, and make good decisions for us.

Msgr. James P. Moroney

Msgr. James P. Moroney
Rector, St. John's Seminary,
Archdiocese of Boston

In comments welcoming the announcement, Msgr. Moroney expressed "the delight of the entire Seminary community in the Holy Father's recognition of the spiritual and pastoral skills of this fine priest. Father Barber's example of priestly fidelity and his readily apparent love of the Lord have drawn us all closer to Christ and to his Church. While he will be dearly missed, we are delighted that the people of Oakland will receive such a good and holy Bishop." At a faculty and staff appreciation event, the monsignor said, ". . . it is God's will and we bid you farewell with the assurance that He always provides the graces for whatever He asks us to do."

Sister Donna Maria Moses, OP

Sister Donna Maria Moses, OP
Dominican sister of Mission San Jose
Retired Navy chaplain

Bishop-elect Michael Barber and I were in the Naval Reserves Middle East Forces Religious chaplain unit at the same time. He was called up to provide chaplain services to the Marines in Bahrain and Kuwait. I provided spiritual support to the members stationed in Alameda and families of service members called up. Chaplain Barber attended my first profession in 2001 and my retirement from the Navy in 2005. He's a dignified man, well-spoken, honorable and brave.

Rev. Kenneth Sales

Rev. Kenneth Sales
Parochial vicar,
St. Anthony, Oakley

When he was ordained eight years ago, Father Sales quoted "words from Jesuit Father Michael Barber, 'for me a model of priestly life.'"

"The priest … has to be the sharer of secrets, the carrier of burdens, the fountain of consolation and the pillar of strength. Solitary, he is called 'father' by thousands; poor, he enriches the lives of thousands; unimportant, he does things each day whose importance cannot be told in any tongue on earth … he is never too busy to hear another's sorrows; often too busy to realize his own burdens."

Today, Father Sales said, "I stand by that. He was spiritual director of the seminary. I see in the man an example to follow. . . . I'm excited to be able to work with him, to be guided by him."

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