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Welcoming Bishop
Michael C. Barber, SJ

California a large
influence in Barber
family history

Journey to Oakland

Decree appointing
Bishop Barber

Your new bishop,
my brother, Michael,
'did time' at
San Quentin

Welcome to this
local church

Homily for the
ordination of the fifth
bishop of Oakland

Reflection: Lessons remembered, and
lived: Be merciful
and pure of heart

Getting around

'A ministry
of service,
of availability and
of vulnerability'

Bishop, and a
naval officer

A pair of
Navy chaplains

Bishop Barber's
photo album

A lifetime of
spiritual influences
formed Bishop
Barber's path

First classroom visit:
St. Agnes School,
fourth grade

Sister Mary Jude,
a teacher who made
a difference

A hello in their
native language

Why people
came out

Description of
Bishop Barber's
personal coat of arms, episcopal symbols

Parts of a bishop's
coat of arms

high school boys paths intersect
during careers

Bishops of the
Diocese of Oakland

Bishop selection
process is thorough,
strictly confidential

What the Church teaches about

New focus on
Jesuits' role within
the church

What the pope
is looking for
in new bishops

What you might
not know about
Bishop Barber

The bishop at the
cathedral, 2008

By the numbers:
Michael C. Barber, SJ

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Rev. John Paul

placeholder July 15, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA

On the day of his ordination, Bishop Barber processes into the cathedral with Father Sacca.

A pair of Navy chaplains

The arrival in Oakland of Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, reunites him with a fellow Navy chaplain, the Rev. Ray Sacca, rector of the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Father Sacca, who has been discharged from the service since 2005, served with the bishop beginning in the late 1990s, when both were assigned to the Marine Expeditionary Force Religious. They would typically drill at Alameda Naval Marine Corps Center.

"He's very fair and is sensitive to people being treated justly and fairly," Father Sacca said. "There was a situation that occurred that needed to be addressed with the officer in charge of this training module, who was senior in rank to both of us," he said.

Bishop Barber spoke up. "He did not hesitate to bring this, respectfully but firmly, to the commanding officer because this was something that needed to be corrected and it wasn't being addressed appropriately," said Father Sacca.

They were both Navy lieutenants. "I admired his ability and willingness to be assertive to ensure that a situation that needed correcting was addressed fairly and justly," Father Sacca said.

In the day to day life of a chaplain, Father Sacca said, Bishop Barber reached out to those he was serving. "He was always very approachable, genuinely interested in the people who would engage him for conversation or come to him for advice, or would need pastoral attention," he said.

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