HONORING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF SAN BERNARDINO
(Extensions of Remarks - January 21, 2004)

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HONORING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF SAN BERNARDINO

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                             HON. JOE BACA

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                      Wednesday, January 21, 2004

  Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, today I am pleased to honor the 25th 
Anniversary of the Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino and the 
leadership of Bishop Barnes.
  In 1978, Pope Paul VI created the Diocese of San Bernardino. Serving 
over 1,000,000 Catholics in ninety-seven parishes, the Diocese has 
served as the moral compass and religious center to the citizens of San 
Bernardino.
  Not only has the Diocese of San Bernardino served the Catholic 
citizens of San Bernardino, its thirty-four Catholic schools have 
provided quality education to 8,500 students of all faiths and its two 
Catholic hospitals continue to save lives and keep the residents of San 
Bernardino healthy.
  Since 1996, Bishop Gerald Barnes has led the Diocese of San 
Bernardino. Always a devoted teacher and educator, Bishop Barnes has 
also dedicated himself to fighting against the injustices that people 
of all races and backgrounds face.
  Under the guidance of the founding Bishop, Phillip Straling and then 
Bishop Barnes, the Diocese has worked tirelessly to improve the lives 
of all citizens of San Bernardino.
  I am pleased to honor the 25th anniversary of the Catholic Diocese of 
San Bernardino and the leadership of Bishop Barnes.

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