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On 24 June 2008 he was appointed President Delegate of the XII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church” (5-26 October 2008). On 8 July 2009, he was nominated President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. Prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, President emeritus of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and International Theological Commission, President emeritus of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, 2 July 2012. He was created and proclaimed cardinal by Benedict XVI in the consistory of 24 March 2006, of the Deaconry of Santa Maria in Domnica (St. Mary in Domnica). Member of: Congregations: for Bishops; for the Evangelization of Peoples;  for the Oriental Churches; Pontifical Councils: for Promoting Christian Unity; for Promoting New Evangelization; Pontifical Commission for Latin America (Counsellor); Special Council for America of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

Bishop Michael Barber, SJ

Bishop Barber has deep roots in the East Bay.  His father, Adlai Barber, was born in Oakland and his mother, Dolores, in San Francisco.  Bishop Barber himself was born in 1954 in Salt Lake City, Utah, during a temporary job assignment for his father.  As a child the bishop lived in San Francisco, Novato and Sacramento, graduating from St. Pius X Preparatory School in Galt.  He has fond memories of holidays spent with relatives in Oakland, San Leandro and Castro Valley, and of teaching at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. Bishop Barber entered the seminary of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1973.  He received his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University in Washington, and graduate degrees in theology from Regis College at the University of Toronto and the Gregorian University in Rome. After being ordained a priest in San Francisco in 1985, Bishop Barber continued his studies in Rome and at Oxford University.  In 1991 he became a commissioned officer in the United States Naval Reserve and achieved the rank of Captain in 2012.  He has served as Group Chaplain for the Marine Aircraft Group, as Deputy Division Chaplain for the 4th Marine Division and Deputy Force Chaplain for Reserve Affairs for Marine Forces Pacific, among many other assignments. Locally, Bishop Barber has been Director of the
School of Pastoral Leadership in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  From 2002-10 he taught at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park and was Director of Spiritual Formation there.  Immediately prior to his appointment as Bishop of Oakland, he served as Director of Spiritual Formation at St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston. In addition to his native English, the bishop speaks Italian, French, Samoan and liturgical Spanish. He is preceded by Bishop Floyd L. Begin, Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins,Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone.

Father Alexander Castillo

Father Alexander Castillo is the Director of the Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization for the Diocese of Oakland. Born in Costa Rica, he finished studies in business administration and worked for a software development company before entering the seminary. He came to the United States in 2008 and finished his theological studies at Saint Patrick's Seminary.  Ordained in 2011 by Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, he has served at Saint Anthony Parish in Oakley and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Fremont. In 2014 was appointed Secretary to the Bishop and Episcopal Master of Ceremonies, positions which he will retain in addition to his new role. Fluent in Spanish and English, Father Castillo organized and directed several national formation programs for missionaries in Costa Rica. In the Diocese of Oakland, he has been teaching at the St. Junipero Serra Catechetical institute since 2010, and directed the reopening of the Escuela de Ministerios Pastorales in 2013. He continues leading the Escuela as Academic Dean and teaches several courses.

Cardinal William Joseph  Levada

Cardinal William Joseph Levada, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and International Theological Commission, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", Archbishop Emeritus of San Francisco (U.S.A.), was born on 15 June 1936 in Long Beach, California. He was ordained a priest on 20 December 1961 and holds a degree in Sacred Theology. After five years of pastoral ministry in Los Angeles, he was appointed as an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1976. On 25 March 1983 he was appointed titular Bishop of Capri and Auxiliary of Los Angeles. He received episcopal ordination on 12 May of the same year. On 1 July 1986 he was appointed Archbishop of Portland, and from 1986-93 he belonged to the editorial committee of the Commission for the Catechism of the Catholic Church. On 17 August 1995 he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of San Francisco and was named as the Archbishop of San Francisco on 27 December of that year. In 2000, he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. On 13 May 2005, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Levada as his successor as Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He is also president of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and International Theological Commission.
healing and teaching rooted in his deep love and knowledge of the Word of God! His fatherly heart embraces each soul he touches with God's tender mercy and love! Deacon Steve was ordained in the Diocese of Orange in May 2007 as a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church and is assigned to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Irvine. After retiring from 35 years as a healthcare executive, Our Lord moved Deacon Steve to found Spirit -Filled Hearts Ministry in order to serve and spread the good news of Jesus Christ! Deacon Steve gives talks and healing services throughout California and the United States in many parishes and Catholic conferences and radio. He currently is host of a weekly radio show, Empowered by the Spirit heard on Relevant Radio, Sundays at 12PM and ESNE Radio on Sundays 9PM. Deacon Steve serves on the boards of SCRC, the Loyola Institute for Spirituality and the Diocese of Orange Diaconate Formation. He has been married to his wife Mary Anne for 45 years and they have three children and four grandchildren. He has published 365 Days of Praise, Reflections on the Holy Spirit, and Expect and Experience Miracles.

Sean Bryan

Sean is the Lay Mission Project’s Animating Director and curriculum team member. Sean received his Bachelor’s of Arts at UC Berkeley, where he studied physics and was on the men’s gymnastics team. After graduation, he spent four years in various Salesian ministerial settings while discerning his vocation. In 2015, Sean completed his Master of Arts in Theology with a Salesian Studies concentration at the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology. His Masters thesis analyzed the ecclesiology inherent to documents of the Second Vatican Council, and  proposes

Deacon Steve Greco

Deacon Steve Greco is a dynamic speaker, author and founder of Spirit-filled Hearts Ministry. Deacon Steve is a man of vibrant faith with the charisms of
the Scriptural notion of liturgy as an interpretive lens that elucidates the relationship between formal ritual worship and its integrated expression in everyday life. His exploration led to practical applications geared toward the animation of the faithful in the Church’s mission, including the Lay Mission Project itself. Sean is also known for his participation in the NBC show American Ninja Warrior, where he has taken on the identity of the Papal Ninja, stealthily accomplishing the mission of the One who sent him on a mission to the secular realm. #PapalNinja
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On 24 June 2008 he was appointed President Delegate of the XII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church” (5-26 October 2008). On 8 July 2009, he was nominated President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. Prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, President emeritus of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and International Theological Commission, President emeritus of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, 2 July 2012. He was created and proclaimed cardinal by Benedict XVI in the consistory of 24 March 2006, of the Deaconry of Santa Maria in Domnica (St. Mary in Domnica). Member of: Congregations: for Bishops; for the Evangelization of Peoples;  for the Oriental Churches; Pontifical Councils: for Promoting Christian Unity; for Promoting New Evangelization; Pontifical Commission for Latin America (Counsellor); Special Council for America of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

Bishop Michael Barber, SJ

Bishop Barber has deep roots in the East Bay.  His father, Adlai Barber, was born in Oakland and his mother, Dolores, in San Francisco.  Bishop Barber himself was born in 1954 in Salt Lake City, Utah, during a temporary job assignment for his father.  As a child the bishop lived in San Francisco, Novato and Sacramento, graduating from St. Pius X Preparatory School in Galt.  He has fond memories of holidays spent with relatives in Oakland, San Leandro and Castro Valley, and of teaching at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. Bishop Barber entered the seminary of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1973.  He received his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University in Washington, and graduate degrees in theology from Regis College at the University of Toronto and the Gregorian University in Rome. After being ordained a priest in San Francisco in 1985, Bishop Barber continued his studies in Rome and at Oxford University.  In 1991 he became a commissioned officer in the United States Naval Reserve and achieved the rank of Captain in 2012.  He has served as Group Chaplain for the Marine Aircraft Group, as Deputy Division Chaplain for the 4th Marine Division and Deputy Force Chaplain for Reserve Affairs for Marine Forces Pacific, among many other assignments. Locally, Bishop Barber has been Director of the
School of Pastoral Leadership in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  From 2002-10 he taught at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park and was Director of Spiritual Formation there.  Immediately prior to his appointment as Bishop of Oakland, he served as Director of Spiritual Formation at St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston. In addition to his native English, the bishop speaks Italian, French, Samoan and liturgical Spanish. He is preceded by Bishop Floyd L. Begin, Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins,Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone.

Father Alexander Castillo

Father Alexander Castillo is the Director of the Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization for the Diocese of Oakland. Born in Costa Rica, he finished studies in business administration and worked for a software development company before entering the seminary. He came to the United States in 2008 and finished his theological studies at Saint Patrick's Seminary.  Ordained in 2011 by Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, he has served at Saint Anthony Parish in Oakley and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Fremont. In 2014 was appointed Secretary to the Bishop and Episcopal Master of Ceremonies, positions which he will retain in addition to his new role. Fluent in Spanish and English, Father Castillo organized and directed several national formation programs for missionaries in Costa Rica. In the Diocese of Oakland, he has been teaching at the St. Junipero Serra Catechetical institute since 2010, and directed the reopening of the Escuela de Ministerios Pastorales in 2013. He continues leading the Escuela as Academic Dean and teaches several courses.

Cardinal William Joseph  Levada

Cardinal William Joseph Levada, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and International Theological Commission, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", Archbishop Emeritus of San Francisco (U.S.A.), was born on 15 June 1936 in Long Beach, California. He was ordained a priest on 20 December 1961 and holds a degree in Sacred Theology. After five years of pastoral ministry in Los Angeles, he was appointed as an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1976. On 25 March 1983 he was appointed titular Bishop of Capri and Auxiliary of Los Angeles. He received episcopal ordination on 12 May of the same year. On 1 July 1986 he was appointed Archbishop of Portland, and from 1986-93 he belonged to the editorial committee of the Commission for the Catechism of the Catholic Church. On 17 August 1995 he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of San Francisco and was named as the Archbishop of San Francisco on 27 December of that year. In 2000, he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. On 13 May 2005, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Levada as his successor as Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He is also president of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and International Theological Commission.

Deacon Steve Greco

Deacon Steve Greco is a dynamic speaker, author and founder of Spirit- filled Hearts Ministry. Deacon Steve is a man of vibrant faith with the charisms of
healing and teaching rooted in his deep love and knowledge of the Word of God! His fatherly heart embraces each soul he touches with God's tender mercy and love! Deacon Steve was ordained in the Diocese of Orange in May 2007 as a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church and is assigned to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Irvine. After retiring from 35 years as a healthcare executive, Our Lord moved Deacon Steve to found Spirit - Filled Hearts Ministry in order to serve and spread the good news of Jesus Christ! Deacon Steve gives talks and healing services throughout California and the United States in many parishes and Catholic conferences and radio. He currently is host of a weekly radio show, Empowered by the Spirit heard on Relevant Radio, Sundays at 12PM and ESNE Radio on Sundays 9PM. Deacon Steve serves on the boards of SCRC, the Loyola Institute for Spirituality and the Diocese of Orange Diaconate Formation. He has been married to his wife Mary Anne for 45 years and they have three children and four grandchildren. He has published 365 Days of Praise, Reflections on the Holy Spirit, and Expect and Experience Miracles.

Sean Bryan

Sean is the Lay Mission Project’s Animating Director and curriculum team member. Sean received his Bachelor’s of Arts at UC Berkeley, where he studied physics and was on the men’s gymnastics team. After graduation, he spent four years in various Salesian ministerial settings while discerning his vocation. In 2015, Sean completed his Master of Arts in Theology with a Salesian Studies concentration at the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology. His Masters thesis analyzed the ecclesiology inherent to documents of the Second Vatican Council, and  proposes
the Scriptural notion of liturgy as an interpretive lens that elucidates the relationship between formal ritual worship and its integrated expression in everyday life. His exploration led to practical applications geared toward the animation of the faithful in the Church’s mission, including the Lay Mission Project itself. Sean is also known for his participation in the NBC show American Ninja Warrior, where he has taken on the identity of the Papal Ninja, stealthily accomplishing the mission of the One who sent him on a mission to the secular realm. #PapalNinja