Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, joined about 60 other people in a march against violence in Oakland’s Eastmont district the evening of April 29.
It was the fourth time in two years the bishop has joined one of the Ceasefire Walks for Peace, interfaith events that address concerns of violence within the community by using a public display of unity as a form of communication. In 2014 he participated in walks in Oakland and Richmond, and so far this year in Antioch and Oakland.
Priests joining Bishop Barber included Revs. Jayson Landeza, pastor at nearby St. Benedict Parish, and Brian Joyce, James Shexnayder and Paul Vassar. Parishioners from St. Benedict and St. Columba parishes also joined.
The walkers moved from St. Benedict down Bancroft Avenue from 82nd to 73rd and returned. The evening ended with a multifaith prayer led by Father Landeza, Bishop Barber and Rev. Damita Davis, walk coordinator.