Nevada bishop, other panelists discuss prospect of women deacons

Several religious and laypeople met to discuss whether or not women could be admitted to the diaconate April 8 in California.

New bishop wants to serve Oakland as pope serves 'the whole church'

In a joyful celebration that incorporated the many gifts of the diverse communities that make up the Oakland diocese, Bishop Michael Barber was ordained and installed as Oakland's fifth bishop May 25 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

With his brother Jesuit Fr. Stephen Barber and another brother, Kevin Barber, serving as lector, Bishop Barber, 58, became the first Jesuit to become the bishop of Oakland. He also is the first priest to be named bishop of Oakland. All previous bishops had already been ordained bishops.