VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has appointed Jesuit Father Michael C. Barber the next bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif.
Bishop-designate Barber is currently the director of spiritual formation at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass., and has been serving in that capacity since 2010.
The announcement of his appointment was made on May 3 by the Holy See Press Office. He will succeed Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who now leads the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
The bishop-designate entered the Jesuits in 1973 and was ordained a priest in 1985.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history at Gonzaga University in 1978, completed his theological studies at Regis...READ MORE