Fr. Paul D. Minnihan was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Oakland in 1993. After an additional year of graduate studies, he was assigned to the Catholic Community of Pleasanton in 1994 as parochial vicar (associate pastor). After further educational and pastoral experience, in 2006 the Bishop of Oakland invited Minnihan to serve as first Provost for the yet-to-be-built Oakland Cathedral of Christ the Light and be the Bishop of Oakland’s master of ceremonies.
As Provost, he sat on the diocesan cathedral design team, given charge of certain aspects of liturgical art and environment. Fr. Paul had oversight of the month long dedication events for the Diocese, both ecclesial and civic gatherings. He was chief spokesperson for the bishop on the Cathedral highlighting the interaction of architecture, art and theology.
In addition, he was named Director of Worship for the diocese in 2010. At that time, Father oversaw the preparation and implementation of the new translation of the Roman Missal in Oakland. He coordinated programs of formation for parishes on the celebration of the mass and to pray the new missal.
Prior to this particular ministry, Fr. Paul was the Pastor at St. Paschal Baylon parish in Oakland, St. Monica parish in Moraga and St. Jerome parish in El Cerrito. He served on Priest Councils for the Diocese of Oakland. Also, he was California State Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus, is a member of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and was appointed a member to the United States Bishop’s Commission on Evangelization.
Minnihan has a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Master’s in Theology and an STD/PhD in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium.
In March of 2013, he was appointed Pastor of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton where his priestly journey began.