San Bernardino Diocese

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Bishop Alberto Rojas became the new leader of the Diocese of San Bernardino on December 28. The leadership change, in the nation’s fifth largest Catholic Diocese, was ushered in by Pope Francis’ acceptance of the retirement of Bishop Gerald Barnes announced by the Vatican the same day.

“Thank you for all you have shared with me," said Barnes in a recorded video message. "Thank you for your prayers, your support, the sharing of your gifts and for your constructive criticism.”

Diocese Introduces Next Bishop Of San Bernardino

Dec 3, 2019
Benjamin Purper / KVCR

The Diocese of San Bernardino introduced the successor to the Bishop of San Bernardino at a press conference Monday.

Bishop Alberto Rojas will succeed current San Bernardino Bishop Gerald Barnes as the head of the Diocese of San Bernardino after his retirement.

Until Bishop Barnes submits his letter of resignation to Pope Francis on his 75th birthday, per church law, Rojas will serve as the dioceses’ coadjutor – an assistant bishop to the main bishop.