FRANCISCAN FRIARS – PROVINCE OF ST. BARBARA
We are a religious order of men in the Catholic Church who follow Jesus Christ in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. We come from many ethnic backgrounds, and we have men in their twenties and early nineties and all the in between! In our order, we have brothers and priests. What makes us different is that Franciscans are brothers, and some of our brothers are also ordained to the ministerial priesthood. Collectively we are called FRIARS, which translated from Latin means BROTHERS.
We live in community and we call ourselves a Fraternity. We are a religious family of brothers. This means that we depend on one another for support, friendship and care. We pray and eat together every day, and like any family we try to ‘show up’ for one another. The Franciscan friars of the Saint Barbara Province are members of a Roman Catholic religious order, from a diversity of backgrounds and cultures, dedicated to serving the poor, and promoting justice, peace, care of creation, and reconciliation in the joyful and prophetic spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.
We live in peace with all people; with reverence and care for God’s creation in imitation of St. Francis. We put God at the very center of our lives – we live according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ – we go through the world joyfully as St. Francis wanted us to do. Some friars teach in universities and others are missionaries in foreign countries. We have friars who are artists and musicians, cooks and tailors. St. Francis wanted his brothers to be busy and to work like everyone else – what we do depends on each man’s gifts and abilities.
The Franciscan friars of the Saint Barbara Province are members of a Roman Catholic religious order, from a diversity of backgrounds and cultures, dedicated to serving the poor, and promoting justice, peace, care of creation, and reconciliation in the joyful and prophetic spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.
Fr. Sebastian Sandoval, OFM
Office: +1 (510) 536-3722 Ext. 157
Cell: +1 (510) 821-4492
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