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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

Vili and Mele Tautuiaki presented the gifts of bread and wine at the bishop's installation Mass.

A hello in their native language

Mele Tautuiaki was pleased and surprised when Bishop Barber spoke to her in Tongan.

When Mele Tautuiaki and her husband Vili presented the gifts of bread and wine to the new bishop of Oakland during his installation Mass on May 25, they were in for a surprise.

They approached the altar wearing traditional Tongan garments — Mele in a kiekie, an ornamental girdle worn over a formal dress, and Vili in a taovala, a finely woven mat worn around the waist.

The bishop smiled at the couple, and said, "Malo e leilei."

"He said, in our language, 'hello,'" said the pleased and surprised Mele Tautuiaki.

"I think he remembers the islands," she said, after learning that the bishop had worked in Samoa.

Mele Tautuiaki, a graduate of the School of Pastoral Ministry, is a catechist in the Tonga community that meets at St. Bernard Church in Oakland. The Tautuiakis' home parish is St. Elizabeth, but many weekends you will find them in parishes throughout the Bay Area where the Tonga community rotates its celebrations, including All Saints in Hayward, St. Peter Martyr in Pittsburg, St. Stephen in Walnut Creek and St. Vincent in Vallejo.

When Mele Tautuiaki saw the bishop again, at the Church of the Assumption in San Leandro, she asked for a blessing.

She received one, in Samoan.

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