Father David Gaa, OFM, to lead Franciscan province
January 26th, 2016
The Franciscan Province of St. Barbara have elected Franciscan Father David Gaa provincial minister of its 165 Franciscan friars in the Western United States. As provincial minister of the Province of St. Barbara, Father David will oversee all the friars and ministries under the auspices of the province. The friars choose a new provincial minister every six to nine years.
Ordained to the priesthood in 1998, Father David is a former pastor of Mission San Xavier del Bac, on the Tohono O’odham Native American Reservation, where he raised funds for a major restoration of the historic site as well as construction of a school to serve Native American children.
“I think this is an exciting time to be a friar,” Father David said in a statement. “Yes, we face a lot of challenges, but there’s a real grace in our life and our ministry. And I’m very grateful for all those who collaborate with us.”
The Franciscan friars of the Province of St. Barbara are members of the Order of Friars Minor, a Roman Catholic religious community founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1209. They have served in the Archdiocese of San Francisco at St. Boniface Parish since 1887 where Franciscan Father Tommy King is now pastor, and are founders of the St. Anthony Foundation.
From January 28, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.