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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

In This Issue:

Rev. John Paul

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Bishops of the Diocese of Oakland
Most Rev. Michael
Charles Barber, SJ

Born: July 13, 1954,
Salt Lake City
Education: BA, philosophy and history, Gonzaga University; M.Div., STB, Regis College; STL, Pontifical Gregorian University.
Ordained: June 8, 1985,
San Francisco
Military: Captain, US Naval Reserve
Consecrated Bishop of Oakland: May 25, 2013-present

Most Rev. Floyd Lawrence Begin
Born: Feb. 5, 1902, Cleveland, Ohio
Education: Ph.D. and STD, Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome; JCD, Apollinarus University, Rome
Ordained: July 31, 1927, Rome
Consecrated bishop: May 1, 1947, Cleveland
Bishop of Oakland: Feb. 27, 1962 to April 26, 1977
Died: April 26, 1977, Oakland

Most Rev. John Stephen Cummins
Born: March 3, 1928 at Providence Hospital in Oakland. The family home was in South Berkeley within St. Augustine's Parish.
Education: BA, St. Joseph's College, Mountain View; M. Div., St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park; graduate studies in history, University of California at Berkeley.
Ordained: St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, Jan. 24, 1953 as priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Consecrated bishop: May 16, 1974, auxiliary bishop of Sacramento.
Bishop of Oakland: May 3, 1977 to Oct. 1, 2003

Most Rev. Allen Henry Vigneron
Born: Oct. 21, 1948, Mount Clemens, Michigan.
Education: STL, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome; Ph.D., Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Ordained: July 26, 1975
Consecrated bishop: July 9, 1996, Detroit
Bishop of Oakland: Oct. 1, 2003 to Jan. 5, 2009
Archbishop of Detroit: Jan. 28, 2009

Most Rev.
Salvatore Joseph Cordileone

Born: June 5, 1956, San Diego
Education: BA, philosophy, University of San Diego; STB and JCD, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
Ordained: July 9, 1982, San Diego
Consecrated bishop: Aug. 21, 2002
Bishop of Oakland: May 5, 2009 to July 27, 2012
Archbishop of San Francisco: Oct. 4, 2012


The Diocese of Oakland has had two diocesan administrators — those who govern in the absence of a bishop — since its founding in 1962. These two were elected by the College of Consultors: Msgr. John P. Connolly for a few days between the death of Bishop Floyd L. Begin and the installation of Bishop John S. Cummins in 1977, and Rev. Dan Danielson for the period between bishops Allen H. Vigneron and Salvatore J. Cordileone. The diocese has had one apostolic administrator, when Pope Benedict XVI appointed retired Seattle Archbishop Alex J. Brunett to be the apostolic administrator between the tenure of Archbishop Cordileone and Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ.

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