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Official Portrait

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

Sacramento
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
bishops

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

In This Issue:

Obituaries:
Rev. John Paul
Kavanaugh

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Why people came out

An overflow crowd filled the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland for Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ,'s ordination May 25. Hundreds of people who couldn't get into the cathedral filled the plaza to watch the service on a giant-screen. Staff writer Carrie McClish asked folks why they came.

"We are here to support and welcome the bishop. We heard that he is also traditional, a supporter of the Latin Mass."
Emy Nilsen

"He needs all of our prayers."
Jerry Nilsen

The Jerry Nilsen family of San Jose, wife Emy, Jerry, son Lorentz, and friend Jay Balza from Tracy, right
courtesy photos

"I was invited by my friend, Sandra. I have never been in something like this. This is the kind of event I would normally watch on TV. I felt that it was important to be here."

Myrna Bruno

Epiphany Parish in San Francisco, with Sandra Martinez of the Oakland diocese

"I am so happy, and feel grateful to be here. I want to pray for him."

Tam Tran

Sacred Heart Parish, Oakland


"I wanted to experience an ordination because I've never seen one before. Being 55, it's time to experience that."

Howard Hancock

St. Philip Neri Parish, Alameda

"I am here to experience this day in the Oakland diocese and to give the new bishop a warm welcome."

Anne Elizabeth Black
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Oakland

"We wanted to be part of this. We want to meet the new bishop."

Nenette Francisco
St. Edward Parish, Newark

"We are here to witness Bishop Barber's ordination. It is a privilege for us to be here."

Elisa Quinto-Smith
St. Edward Parish, Newark

"I think this is a first for Oakland, never has there been a priest ordained and installed as a bishop. It is also the first time a Jesuit pope appointed a Jesuit priest. I think it is a great, joyful day for the Diocese of Oakland. He's only 58; hopefully he will be here for a while."

Melba Vidal
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Oakland

"It is the first time for us to see a bishop ordained. This is a big experience for us."

Susan and William Sterling
St. John the Baptist Parish, San Lorenzo

"This is a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It will probably be the last time that I will have to see something like this. It is such a glorious occasion."

Wallita Sykes-Bush
St. Benedict Parish, Oakland

"I went to the installations of Bishops Vigneron and Cordileone and I wanted to be here for Bishop Barber."

Donalyn Deeds
St. Edward Parish, Newark

"I'm 75 years old and I have never before been present at an event that is as spiritual as this. This is also history. Being a witness to an event like this is one of my dreams."

Bettye Burns
St. Benedict Parish, Oakland

"I am here to welcome the new bishop and give our students the opportunity to experience the liturgy, spirituality of this important day."

Peter Shelley
Director of faith and service at Moreau Catholic High School, Hayward. (Some Moreau Catholic students participated as ushers
 
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