USCCB names deacon to head Secretariat for Child, Youth Protection

From the conference website:

Deacon Bernard V. Nojadera, of the Diocese of San Jose, California, and director of the diocese’s Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults, has been named head of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection.

He begins his position August 15 and succeeds Teresa Kettelkamp, who has headed the office since 2005.

Deacon Nojadera has headed the San Jose diocesan child protection office since 2002. Prior to that he was pastoral associate, in St. Mary’s Parish, Gilroy, California, 1987-2002. He is married and has a 20-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son.

He served as commissioned officer with the U.S. Navy Reserves and has served with the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army National Guard.

Deacon Nojadera was awarded a bachelor of arts degree from St. Joseph College, Mountain View, California in 1984; a master of social work degree specializing in health and mental health services from San Jose State University in 1991; and a master of arts in theology from St. Patrick’s Seminary and University, Menlo Park, California in 2002. He was ordained a deacon in 2008.

Congratulations, Deacon!  Read more about him here.

  • Dcn Scott

    That’s great news!

  • Frank Lostaunau

    Mr. Nojadera may be a good man. However, is he a Licensed Clinical Social Worker? The record in Sacramento, Ca indicates that he has been Registered as a ASW but he is not licensed?


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