Fremont native named bishop
A priest with East Bay roots has been named the first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, which serves former Anglicans living in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. The appointment by Pope Francis of Msgr. Steven J. Lopes,40, was announced Nov. 24. Bishop-designate Lopes, who was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 2001, has worked at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 2005. He was born in Fremont, was graduated in 1989 from St. Edward School in Newark, where his music teacher was Jeffrey Keyes, who after his ordination to the priesthood, became pastor of St. Edward. Bishop-designate Lopes was graduated from Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward in 1993. At St. Bede Parish, where his mother is a parishioner, the bishop-designate is a welcome visitor. "He's very gifted," said Father Seamus Farrell, pastor of the Hayward parish. The Catholic Voice will have an interview with Bishop-designate Lopes in its Jan. 18 issue.