It is with great joy that the friars of the Province of St. Barbara invite you to share our passion for Christ’s love in our world — a world where we serve God every day with the vision of our founder, St. Francis of Assisi, as our guiding light.

Your prayers and friendship are central to the lives of our friars. Please join with us as we work together to:

  • Serve the material and spiritual needs of the poor, the outcast and the socially marginalized in a wide variety of ministerial settings.
  • Foster growth and development in Christian values through our work in parishes, retreat centers, missions and more.
  • Unite with our sponsored ministries, including the Franciscan School of Theology, St. Anthony Foundation, St. Francis Center, Old Mission San Luis Rey, Old Mission Santa Barbara and our retreat centers, as we work together for the greater good of the community.
  • Continue to care for our friars, whose years of service have touched hundreds of thousands of lives—maybe even yours!
  • Seek and educate men who will become our future friars, providing them with a meaningful formation program and educational background, as well as offer ongoing formation opportunities to our solemnly professed friars so they too can feel renewed and refreshed in their everyday lives.
  • Invite others into our lives to help meet the future needs of the Catholic Christian church in the spiritual tradition of St. Francis of Assisi.

Jesus has called us all to be the presence of God’s love. Our world needs the light of peace, justice, mercy and compassion that God alone can provide. As we follow in St. Francis’s footsteps, we urge you to join us to spread the Gospel across our world through your kind prayers, gifts and continued friendship!