bishop_gerlad_barnesBy Bishop Gerald Barnes

The following is an excerpt from Bishop Gerald Barnes’ address at the Combined Vicariate Meeting of the San Bernardino Pastoral Region on February 13.

 We had a great opportunity during our 40th to look at our history. We are grateful for the past and we learn from the past; we live in the present with all the blessings and challenges that face us; and we walk to the future where our God already awaits us. He has already pitched his tent. That’s why we always say Siempre Adelante - always forward.

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 The following is taken from Bishop Barnes’ homily at the World Youth Day Send-off Mass held at Our Lady of Hope Church in San Bernardino on January 12.

 The day is coming fast. The year has passed. The year of thinking, of planning, of worrying, of wondering, of fundraising, of learning and of praying.

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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

 In these summer months we have been faced with several reports in the national and international news of misconduct by Church leaders in the area of sexual abuse.

The revelations of misconduct and negligence in protecting both youth and adults from harm point to serious moral failures in the institutional Church.

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By Bishop Gerald R. Barnes

“No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 The Lord Jesus challenges us in Luke’s Gospel to focus on what lies before us rather than on the familiarity of what has happened to us in the past.

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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

 The family is the fundamental center of human life. The love, support and formation that takes place within a family—shared by a father and mother with their children—is essential to the fulfillment of God’s plan for us as individuals and as community. This cannot be overstated.

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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

The following is taken from Bishop Gerald Barnes’ homily at the Nov. 3 Closing Mass Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Diocese.

 Forty years ago, an action took place and a new diocese was born. Anyone that was here forty years ago, when we became a diocese, would you please stand? Hah, beautiful, and you look so young! 

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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

 We’ve heard about the so-called “silo mentality” in the business world – when different divisions or departments within an organization become hyper-focused on their day-to-day initiatives, to the exclusion of wider collaboration and pursuit of a shared vision.

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