The Jesuits are Coming! Our Jesuit is Coming!
New Pope, New Oakland Bishop Reawakening Christian Passion
Come Hear the Oakland Diocese’s own ‘God’s Marine’
We all know the power of “first”. The first time something significant happens, we all remember it. We remember where we were and what we were doing when the first man walked on the moon, the first Catholic President, the first African American President was elected. We are now in the midst of some firsts for the Catholic Church. The first Jesuit was elected Pope, and he appointed the first U.S. Jesuit bishop -- for the Oakland diocese.
Bishop Michael Barber, the fifth bishop of Oakland has many “firsts.” Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Bishop Barber talk about his journey and his perception of Pope Francis and his impact on Catholic thinking.
Catholics@Work is proud that Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, SJ, will be our guest speaker at the Dec. 10th breakfast forum. Plan to come and bring family and friends.
The fifth bishop of Oakland, a native of the Bay Area, a Marine Chaplain and Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserves, Barber will share with us a perspective on our faith as a journey in an ever-changing real world. Our world can’t be managed with a “locked-in-stone” view of our faith but requires a commitment to immutable core values , yet needs sensitivity to changing expressions of those values in a world that is becoming smaller yet at the same time more complex.
Pope Francis has taken a huge step in shaking traditional thinking about our Christian values. Pope Francis said, “The view of the church’s teachings as a monolith to defend without nuance or different understandings is wrong…” Bishop Barber, sharing a Jesuit perspective and having met the Pope in September, will provide an up close and personal insight to the Pope’s somewhat surprising commentary about faith and values.
John Dunican, president of Catholics@Work says, “St. Ignatius said, ‘Love is shown more in deeds than in words’, which supports the idea of our faith being a journey and our Christian values being the tools to help us navigate the journey.” Dunican continues, “Clearly the new pope and our new bishop are acting as God’s Marines and moving the concept of faith and values from a classroom or lab discussion to practical real-world behavior.”
Avoid a calendar conflict, block the date now to hear Bishop Barber at the Dec. 10th breakfast forum and be sure to invite your friends and family to do the same.
Go to www.catholicsatwork.com to register for this breakfast forum. Click on the “Current Event” tab. Look to the left and you will see a new, "Register" button. When you click on this button you will have three choices
- Pay online (member price)
- Pay online (non-member price)
- Reserve a seat and pay at the event
It doesn't matter whether you pay online or at the breakfast but it is important to register so we can prepare for the right number of people.