Fr. Michael Barber, SJ to Oakland

fr-barber-014-copy-3This morning, Pope Francis named a fellow Jesuit, Fr. Michael Barber, S.J. as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Oakland. He will be ordained to the episcopacy and installed on Saturday, May 25th at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Here is some brief background information on Bishop-elect Barber:

  •  Born on July 13, 1954 in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Entered the Society of Jesus in 1973
  • Received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and History from Gonzaga University
  • Studied theology at Regis College at the University of Toronto, Canada
  • Ordained a priest for the Jesuits on June 8, 1985
  • In 1989, obtained Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome

In his time as a priest, Bishop-elect Barber has served as a missionary in Apia, Western Samoa, Assistant Professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Chaplain at the University of Oxford in England and Bursar of the Jesuit community at Campion Hall, Director of the School of Pastoral Leadership for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, professor and spiritual director at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, and Director of Spiritual Formation at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton in the Archdiocese of Boston. Barber has also served as a Chaplain for the U.S. Navy since 1991. Besides English, he speaks Italian, Spanish and Latin.


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