Gerald Richard Barnes
|The Most Reverend
Gerald Richard Barnes
|Bishop of San Bernardino|
|Installed||December 28, 1995|
|Predecessor||Phillip Francis Straling|
|Ordination||December 20, 1975|
|Consecration||March 18, 1992|
June 22, 1945|
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
|Posthumous style||not applicable|
Gerald Barnes was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles, where he and his siblings worked at their parents' grocery store. He was ordained to the priesthood, for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, on 20 December 1975.
On 28 January 1992, Barnes was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of San Bernardino, California and Titular Bishop of Mons Faliscus by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on 18 March 1992 from Bishop Philip Straling, with Archbishop Patrick Flores and Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, serving as co-consecrators. He selected as his episcopal motto: "Amar Es Entregarse", meaning, "Love is the total giving of oneself."
Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Barnes currently chairs the Committee on Migration and Refugee Services. In that post, he has described the "current immigration system" as responsible for "family separation, suffering, and even death" and "is morally unacceptable and must be reformed". He formerly chaired the Committee on Hispanic Affairs from 1996 to 1999.
Under the guidance and support of Bishop Gerald Barnes, the Diocese of San Bernardino is privileged to have three high schools, twenty-three elementary schools and three pre-schools to serve the families in the Diocese. In 2001, Bishop Barnes, through the assistance of the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools inaugurated the Annual Bishops'Golf Classic. Funds raised from the annual golf tournament are used offer scholarships to families who are not able to afford a Catholic education for their children. During Bishop Barnes' tenure, 4 of the Diocese's elementary schools have closed. These include schools in Barstow, Banning, Apple Valley and San Bernardino. Currently, the High Desert portion of the Diocese has no Catholic schools.
- USCCB. Bishop Calls For Reform Of ‘Morally Unacceptable’ Immigration System July 27, 2007
- Victor Valley Daily Press 1/22/2009
- San Bernardino County Sun 6/11/2011
- "http://www.sbdiocese.org/NewsMedia/BishopStatements/2014_0311_Affordable_Care_Act.pdf" (PDF). Diocese of San Bernardino. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- "Bishop urges faithful to sign up for Obamacare". Patheos. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
|Catholic Church titles|
Phillip Francis Straling
|Bishop of San Bernardino