May 3, 2013
May 25, 2013
June 8, 1985
May 25, 2013
| 13 July 1954 (age 61)
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (1954-07-13) |
Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland
Salvatore J. Cordileone
Michael C. Barber Wikipedia
Michael Charles Barber, SJ (born July 13, 1954) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church serving as the fifth and current bishop of Oakland.
After attending Saint Pius X Preparatory School in Galt, California, Barber entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1973. After beginning his studies at Loyola Marymount University, he received his BA in Philosophy and History at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington in 1978. From 1982 to 1985 he studied sacred theology at Regis College at the University of Toronto. In 1989, he obtained a licentiate in systematic theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
Barber was ordained a priest for the Society of Jesus on June 8, 1985. He made his final vows in 2005. After ordination he held the following positions: Missionary in Apia, Western Samoa (1985-1987), Assistant Professor at the Gregorianum (1990-1991); Tutor and Chaplain at the University of Oxford in England and Bursar of the Jesuit community at Campion Hall (1992-1998), Director of the School of Pastoral Leadership for the Archdiocese of San Francisco (California) with residence at Saint Agnes Parish, and then, at the Saint Ignatius College in San Francisco (1998-2001); professor and spiritual director at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park (2002-2010). Since 1991 he is also a chaplain in the U.S. Naval Reserve, achieving the rank of Captain. Bishop Barber had been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and was invested as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre and a Magistral Chaplain of the Order of Malta.
In 2010 he became the Director of Spiritual Formation at Saint John's Seminary in Brighton in the Archdiocese of Boston.
On May 3, 2013, Pope Francis appointed Barber as bishop of the Diocese of Oakland. He was consecrated and installed on May 25, 2013. Barber, who is a Jesuit, was the first American bishop appointed by Pope Francis, who is the first Jesuit pope.
Besides English, he speaks Italian, French, Samoan, liturgical Spanish and Latin.
Liberal parishioners were upset over his conservative leanings and that he ordered the replacement of two progressive priests, one of whom publicly identified as gay while remaining celibate and faithful to Catholic teaching.