Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino; Succeeded by Coadjutor Bishop Alberto Rojas

December 28, 2020 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Gerald R. Barnes, 75, from the Office of Bishop of San Bernardino. Bishop Alberto Rojas, up until now coadjutor bishop of the same diocese, will succeed him as bishop of San Bernardino.

The appointment was publicized in Washington on December 28, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Rojas’ biography may be found here.

The Diocese of San Bernardino comprises 27,293 square miles in the state of California. It has a population of 4,622,361 people of whom, 1,797,173 are Catholic. 


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