Father Michael Barber, SJ named as bishop of Oakland

If the appointment of bishops is where the Papal rubber meets the road, Pope Francis is continuing where Pope Benedict left off. The changing face of the California Episcopacy continues. On Friday, May 3 at noon Rome time, the Holy Father named Father Michael Barber, SJ as the new bishop of the diocese of Oakland. The see had been vacant since the appointment of Salvatore Cordileone as archbishop of the archdiocese of San Francisco in October of 2012. Father Barber will take the reins from Archbishop Alex Brunett, the archbishop emeritus of Seattle, who had been serving as the apostolic administrator until the bishop’s chair was filled.