| 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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