Franciscan Friars of California

Fr. David Gaa, Order of Friars Minor (OFM), is the provincial minister of the Franciscan Friars of the St. Barbara Province.

Our founder, Fr. Hugh Noonan, OFM, was a member of the Franciscan Friars of the St. Barbara Province, which comprises 165 friars in the western United States, and SFC continues in his tradition with our affiliation with the province and our commitment to feeding, serving, and walking with the poor as a community of hope in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi.

The Franciscan friars are members of the Order of Friars Minor, the Catholic religious community founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1209. The province covers the western United States and serves in areas of parish ministry, outreach to the poor, retreat work, hospital and prison chaplaincy, education, social advocacy, and foreign and Native American missions.


Recently, the seven United States Order of Friars Minor Provincials released the following statement on the president’s executive order pertaining to immigrants and refugees:

Please visit the Franciscan Friars of the United States’ website to view the full press release by clicking here.