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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

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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What you might not know about Bishop Barber

• Bishop Barber took the name "James the Less" as his Confirmation name because he was the shortest boy in the class.

• As a high school teacher, Bishop Barber coached varsity water polo and junior varsity swimming. After the Hail Mary, his team prayed: "Queen of Victory, pray for us. Queen of Defeat, pray for them."

• Among the Rhodes Scholars in Bishop Barber's Catholic graduate students group at Oxford University was Bobby Jindal, who is now the governor of Louisiana.

• A bell at St. John Seminary in Boston is only rung when a new pope is elected, a pope dies, or when the Red Sox win the World Series. At 6 a.m. May 3 in Boston, when the news that their spiritual director had been named bishop of Oakland reached seminarians, they started ringing that bell.

• Besides English, he speaks Italian, French, Samoan, liturgical Spanish and Latin.

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