Bishop Michael Barber, SJ, Bishop of Oakland, and Father Joseph Seraphin Dederick, OFM Cap, Provincial Minister of the Western America Province of Our Lady of Angels, jointly announce the Capuchins will assume pastoral care of St. Jarlath Parish in Oakland, effective Aug. 1, 2022.
For the first time in the history of the Diocese of Oakland, the Capuchin Franciscans, a religious order of ordained and lay men, will assume pastoral care of a diocesan parish.
The Capuchins are no stranger to the diocese, however. Since the early 1980s, the friars have had a house of studies, St. Conrad Friary, in Berkeley.
Also well-known in the diocese, Capuchin Father Hai Ho will be the new pastor of St. Jarlath. He is the former chaplain for Saint Mary’s College of California, in Moraga, and currently is his order’s vicar-provincial, director of post-novitiate formation, and guardian of St. Conrad Friary. Other members of the order will join him in a new Capuchin community at St. Jarlath. Father Enrique Ballesteros, a diocesan priest who is currently St. Jarlath’s pastor, will receive a new assignment….
The above comes from an early March release issued by the Diocese of Oakland.