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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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Courtesy photo

By the numbers: Michael C. Barber, SJ

• Born July 13, 1954, Salt Lake City, Utah

• Baptized at Mission Dolores, San Francisco, by then-Father John S. Cummins

• Attended Our Lady of Loretto School in Novato and St. Theresa School in South Lake Tahoe, 1960-1965

• Graduated from St. John Vianney School, Rancho Cordova, 1968

• After graduation from Saint Pius X Preparatory School in Galt, California, entered the Society of Jesus, 1973

• BA in Philosophy and History, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, 1978

• Studied theology at Regis College at the University of Toronto in Canada, 1982 to 1985

• Ordained a priest for the Society of Jesus, June 8, 1985

• Missionary in Apia, Western Samoa, 1985-1987

• Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, 1989

• Assistant Professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, 1990-1991

• Enters Naval Reserve as a chaplain, 1991

• Tutor and Chaplain at the University of Oxford in England and bursar of the Jesuit community at Campion Hall, 1992-1998

• Director of the School of Pastoral Leadership for the Archdiocese of San Francisco with residence at St. Agnes Parish, and then, at the Jesuit community at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, 1998-2001

• Professor and spiritual director at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, 2002-2010

• Made final vows, 2005

• Director of Spiritual Formation at Saint John's Seminary in Brighton in the Archdiocese of Boston, 2010-2013

• Promoted to captain, US Naval Reserve, 2012

• Appointed bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, May 3, 2013

• Consecrated to the episcopate and installed, May 25, 2013

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