OAKLAND, Calif. — Bishop Michael Barber scanned the packed congregation at Oakland’s modern Cathedral of Christ the Light on May 25, and he then issued his pledge to his new flock: “I would like to do for Oakland what Pope Francis is doing for the whole Church.”
“My vision is this: The priests take care of the people,” added the newly installed shepherd of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif. “The bishop takes care of the priests. And we all take care of the poor, the sick and the suffering.”
Bishop Barber is the first Jesuit to be appointed a U.S. bishop by Pope Francis, who is also a member of the Society of Jesus.
Over the past decade, the bishop served as the spiritual director for...READ MORE