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placeholder February 29, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA

From left: Friars Joe Schwab, Bill Minkel, Dan Lackie, David Gaa, Martin Ibarra, Garrett Galvin, John Gutierrez and Anthony Garibaldi.

Franciscan Friars elect new leadership

OCEANSIDE — The friars of the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara, headquartered in Oakland, elected new leadership at their 2016 provincial chapter. Joining Rev. David Gaa, OFM, who was elected provincial minister, are Rev. Martin Ibarra, OFM, provincial vicar, and six members of the province's council, known as the definitorium.

The Franciscan Province of St. Barbara covers the western states of California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington, and includes ministries in Mexico, the Middle East and Russia. The province includes 165 Franciscan friars.

The Franciscan friars choose a new provincial minister and provincial vicar every six to nine years. Members of the province's definitorium are elected every three years.

Ibarra, who was elected vicar provincial on Jan. 13, was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico. He entered the Franciscan friars' formation program in Los Angeles in 1993, made solemn (lifelong) vows as a friar in 2003 and was ordained a priest in Oakland in 2008. He currently serves as executive director of Casa Franciscana, a Franciscan organization that ministers to the poor and marginalized in one of the most economically disadvantaged areas of Guaymas, Mexico. As vicar provincial, Ibarra will function as administrative and fraternal leader of the province in the absence of the provincial, as well as serve on the province's definitorium.

Other members of the definitorium were elected Jan 14. They are: Rev. Garrett Galvin, OFM; Rev. Anthony Garibaldi, OFM; Bro. John Gutierrez, OFM; Rev. Dan Lackie, OFM; Rev. Bill Minkel, OFM; and Rev. Joe Schwab, OFM.

Members of the newly elected definitorium come from a wide variety of backgrounds and ministries that span the province. Galvin is a professor of sacred scripture at the Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside. Garibaldi currently serves as secretary of formation for the province and as fraternal leader (guardian) of the Franciscan residence of St. Boniface in San Francisco. Gutierrez works as an emergency room technician and union activist in San Jose, California.

Lackie currently leads development and fundraising efforts for the province and resides in Huntington Beach. Minkel ministers as parochial vicar (associate pastor) of the San Solano Missions on the Tohono O'odham Native American Reservation in Arizona. Schwab is executive director of the Franciscan Renewal Center, a large retreat center and Catholic faith community in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Gaa, who was elected provincial minister, has served as executive director of Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside for the past five years. He has been pastor of San Luis Rey Parish, a Catholic faith community of roughly 5,000 families, for the last three of those years.

The Franciscan friars of the Province of St. Barbara are members of the Order of Friars Minor, a Roman Catholic religious order founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1209. The province 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.

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