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Fr. Alexander Castillo appointed Director of FFE

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Fr. Alexander Castillo appointed Director of FFE

Father Alexander Castillo appointed Director of Faith Formation and Evangelization


OAKLAND – 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.

Father Alexander Castillo is a priest of the Diocese of Oakland. Born in Costa Rica, he finished studies in business administration and worked for a software development company before entering the seminary. He came to the United States in 2008 and finished his theological studies at Saint Patrick’s Seminary.  Ordained in 2011 by Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, he has served at Saint Anthony Parish in Oakley and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Fremont. In 2014 was appointed Secretary to the Bishop and Episcopal Master of Ceremonies, positions which he will retain in addition to his new role.

Fluent in Spanish and English, Father Castillo organized and directed several national formation programs for missionaries in Costa Rica. In the Diocese of Oakland, he has been teaching at the St. Junipero Serra Catechetical institute since 2010, and directed the reopening of the Escuela de Ministerios Pastorales in 2013. He continues leading the Escuela as Academic Dean and teaches several courses.

“Father Castillo’s deep commitment to our faith and to the people of God in our Diocese is inspiring,” Bishop Barber said. “I know he will lead our work in faith formation and evangelization with integrity and fidelity.”

“I am deeply humbled by Bishop’s Barber decision to entrust me with this mission,” Father Castillo said. “I embrace this new responsibility with much hope, and trust in our Good Lord and our Bishop more than myself. I repeat the prayer of one of my favorite saints as I face this new challenge: ‘Fiat, adimpleatur, laudetur et in aeternum superexaltetur iustissima atque amabilissima voluntas Dei super omnia. Amen. Amen.’ (Above all, may the most just and most lovable will of God be done, be fulfilled, be praised, and exalted forever. Amen. Amen!)”

For more information, contact:
Father George Mockel
Diocese of Oakland
2121 Harrison Street, Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94612

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