St. Mary’s College to honor retired Oakland bishop

Muslim theologian will be guest lecturer at event planned to pay tribute to Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins

In recognition of his lifelong dedication to Catholic education, the Most Rev. John S. Cummins, bishop emeritus of Oakland, will be honored by the institute that bears his name at Saint Mary's College of California. The John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought and Action at Saint Mary's College of California will bestow the Montini Fellowship, which recognizes those who … [Read more...]

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“Bottom line is that we couldn’t pay the bills”

Families hear the what, why and how of Catholic school closings in Oakland diocese

Just four days after learning that St. Martin de Porres Regional School would close at the end of the school year, families of pupils attending the Oakland school, gathered Jan. 23 to hear what happened, why and what will happen next after the announcement the diocese will close five schools. "We are absolutely heartbroken that this school is going to close," Rev. Aidan … [Read more...]

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Oakland bishop issues statement on Trump’s orders on refugees and immigrants

Bishop Michael Barber: "Christ and His teachings must come before our favorite political party"

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: With all the rancor and division circulating in the media recently, I think it is good to remind ourselves who we are as Catholics and Christians. We are Christ-centered, not … [Read more...]

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“We need to stop the hemorrhaging now”

Five schools to close, seven troubled schools gain new life in Oakland diocese

The face of Catholic education in the Diocese of Oakland will change with a plan that will close five schools, and move seven schools into a separate network charged with bolstering the educational and faith formation experience by sharing teaching specialists and administrative services. The five schools that will close at the end of the 2016-17 school year are: Sts. Jarlath, … [Read more...]

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CA dioceses losing staff to bishops’ conference, seminary

Dr. Margaret M. Turek led Oakland's Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization; Rev. Alfred Baca was pastor of St. Columban Church in Garden Grove

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. Her resignation is effective April 30. Dr. Turek led the Department of Faith Formation and … [Read more...]

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For the first time in 10 years, Rev. Walter Hoye says he sees hope

Oakland pro-life veteran lists pro-life priorities for 2017

At noon on January 20, just hours after the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, Rev. Walter Hoye will stand at a microphone in Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza to open his annual Issues4Life Rally. For the first time in the 10 years Rev. Hoye has been leading this rally, he sees hope.

"The election has given us an enormous amount of hope for the country," … [Read more...]

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Ad orientem in Oakland

At least two parishes in the diocese have followed suggestion of Cardinal Robert Sarah to “turn again towards the Lord”

A California Catholic Daily exclusive by Anna Rose: After Cardinal Robert Sarah addressed the Sacra Liturgia Conference on July 5, 2016, at least two churches in the Oakland diocese have taken his request to heart: “Dear Fathers, we should listen again to the lament of God proclaimed by the prophet Jeremiah: ‘they have turned their backs to me and not their faces.’ Let us turn … [Read more...]

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