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2017 News Releases

October 4, 2017

Father Alexander Castillo appointed Director of Faith Formation and Evangelization
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, has appointed Father Alexander Castillo as Director of the Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization for the Diocese of Oakland. The appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2017.

September 29, 2017

Lumen Christi Academies announced
Network of seven schools will support Catholic families and Catholic education in Oakland Diocese

September 1, 2017

Oakland bishop urges President to retain DACA
U.S. "is a better place because of them," Bishop Barber said. Diocese hosting prayer and information night Sept. 6

August 19, 2017

Bishop Michael Barber joins other faith leaders in responding to hate marches
Encourages participation in interfaith prayer service at Temple Beth Abraham on Aug. 26

May 24, 2017

Brentwood native and El Salvadoran to be ordained as priests by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will ordain two men to the priesthood on at 7 p.m. Friday, May 26 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

May 18, 2017

Bishop Barber announces new superintendent for diocesan schools
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, has appointed an East Bay native, Kathleen M. Radecke, as the new superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Oakland. The appointment is effective July 1, 2017.

April 19, 2017

Diocese stands in solidarity with immigrants
Using the annual Holy Thursday custom of feet-washing, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, is highlighting the Diocese of Oakland’s solidarity with immigrants who have been affected by recent policy decisions of President Donald Trump.

February 2, 2017

Bishop of Oakland calls for unity in response to executive orders regarding refugees and immigrants
Bishop Michael Barber, SJ, Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, has issued the following statement regarding President Trump's executive orders on immigrants and refugees and responses to those orders

January 20, 2017

New vision for Catholic elementary education announced
The Diocese of Oakland is strengthening Catholic elementary school education through a long-range plan that will include the establishment of an independent network for seven schools and the closure of five under enrolled schools.

January 17, 2017

Oakland Diocese’s faith formation director leaving to join faculty of St. Patrick’s Seminary and University
Dr. Margaret M. Turek, STD, will be leaving her position as director of the Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization to serve as professor of Dogmatic Theology and director of the Master’s in Arts (Theology) program at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University, Menlo Park. 

January 13, 2017

Statement by Bishop Michael C. Barber regarding allegation against former priest Stephen Kiesle
Bishop Michael C. Barber of the Diocese of Oakland has released the following statement regarding the recent allegations of abuse by Stephen Kiesle, a former priest of the Diocese of Oakland

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