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Experienced lay ecclesial minister to be ordained a permanent deacon
Posting Date: 05-16-2008

Bernard V. Nojadera was born August 20, 1963 in Oakland, CA and attended Star of the Sea elementary school in Virginia Beach, VA and St. Joseph College Prep in Vienna, W. Virginia.

He is a 1984 graduate of the former St. Joseph College Seminary, Mountain View; received his master of social work in 1991 from San Jose State University; and completed a master of arts in theology at St. Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park, in December 2001.
He currently serves in the California Army National Guard, Bravo Company 223rd, Military Intelligence Battalion.

Nojadera and his wife Lynnie have two children, Amanda, 17 and Christopher, 13. The family attends St. Mary Parish in Gilroy where he has served as a lay ecclesial minister for a number of years.
He served as a Pastoral Associate at St. Mary’s where he is Director of Music and Liturgy, Confirmation, and Youth Ministry; and he also serves on the diocesan Liturgical Commission.
Nojadera has worked as a parish Confirmation coordinator, supervising religious studies and guidance programs for high school students, facilitating retreats for youth and their family members, and doing individual counseling and peer mentoring.

He has worked with youth and their families in his role as a psychiatric social worker and therapist. At South County Mental Health in Gilroy, he provided therapeutic services to junior high school students and their families and coordinated the domestic violence program for south Santa
Clara County and San Benito County.

He was a supervising therapist at Rebekah’s Children’s Home, a youth group home in Gilroy; and he was program manager at the Bridge Counseling Center, Inc., in Morgan Hill.
Since January of 2003, Nojadera has served as the Director of the Diocese of San Jose’s Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults which provides ministry to individuals, and their families, who have made a complaint of sexual misconduct against clergy, Religious and lay personnel assigned in, under contract to, or employed by the diocese.

Nojadera chose to become a permanent deacon because “I am of service to the Church and have always found ways to share God’s gifts – music, teaching – I simply want to serve.”

He said his wife Lynnie has been “the catalyst in my moving forward to the diaconate. I had been thinking about it for a while and she continued to encourage me. I also know I have the continued prayers of my parents, family and friends.”
 
 
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