The Franciscan friars of the Province of St. Barbara, part of what is formally known as the Order of Friars Minor (OFM), are members of a Roman Catholic religious order of men. From a diversity of backgrounds and cultures, they are dedicated to serving the poor and promoting justice, peace, care of creation, and reconciliation. They do this in the joyful and prophetic spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.

The Province of St. Barbara, one of seven such OFM Franciscan entities in the United States, was established in 1915. Its members live and work in California, Arizona, Oregon, and Washington, serving communities whose profiles cross ethnic, cultural and economic boundaries. Friars also serve in a number of Native American nations in the Southwest, as well on mission to Mexico, Russia, and the Holy Land.

For more information, check out our video, “A Day in the Life of a Franciscan,” featuring photography by Peter Jordan. CLICK HERE TO VIEW.