Bishop John Barres, 56, who will be installed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Tuesday, took roads less traveled — and gained a wealth of experiences along the way — before permanently entering the religious life he so deeply loves.
John Barres as a baby in 1960. Barres seemed destined for big things almost from the day he was born: He was baptized by Fulton Sheen, the famous archbishop of New York who pioneered the use of radio and television to spread the faith.
John Barres, left, is pictured with his brother Bill and their mother Marjorie Barres at Jones Beach in the summer of 1969. Barres is no stranger to the New York area. He grew up in Larchmont in Westchester County, where as a youngster he was a caddy at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck. He holds a master’s in business administration from New York University and once worked for the Arthur Andersen accounting firm in Manhattan.
John Barres, right, with his younger brother Bill in a childhood photo.
John Barres bats while playing baseball with his younger brother Bill in approximately 1972. They played for the Village Ford Cubs in the Larchmont Little League.
John Barres, first row left, played point guard for the varsity basketball team at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. He is seated next to Chris Leggett during his senior year, the 1977-78 season. They would go on to play junior varsity basketball together at Princeton University.
John Barres, left, celebrates with teammates Chip Monk and Kevin Max, after the Princeton Junior Varsity basketball team beat the University of Pennsylvania by one point in overtime in February 1979. Barres says he applies what he learned playing sports to his religious thought and teaching, and is a big fan of Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry.
John Barres (No. 11) goes to the basket during a junior varsity game against Columbia University in March 1980.
The Rev. John Barres, left, with Mother Teresa in Washington, D.C., in 1987 while at the Theological College at Catholic University of America.
The Rev. John Barres at his ordination into the priesthood on Oct. 21, 1989, with his sisters, Margaret Cotter, left, and Catherine Cawthon at St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington, Dela.
The Rev. John Barres ordination picture from 1989. Among those who attended his first Mass was Cardinal Avery Dulles, the famous American theologian and Jesuit who taught Barres at Catholic University.
John Barres is ordained a bishop and installed as the fourth bishop of Allentown at a Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena in Allentown, Pa., on July 30, 2009. Barres became one of the youngest bishops in the United States when Pope Benedict XVI named him head of the Diocese of Allentown. He was 48 and had been a priest for two decades.
Then Rev. Msgr. John Barres meets with Pope John Paul II and Bishop Michael Saltarelli. Pope John Paul II also made Barres a monsignor.
The Most Rev. John Barres, bishop of Allentown, Pa., before a Mass in Mahanoy City, Pa., on Sept. 4, 2016, holds a picture of Mother Teresa presented to him by the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity in honor of the Teresa's canonization as a saint.