What Is Daily Life Like for Padres at Mission Santa Barbara?

At Mission Santa Barbara, the friars, or padres as they were formerly called, participate in daily prayer rituals. Friars also perform various other tasks throughout the day, depending on their specific vocations and whether they are lay persons or consecrated priests.

Franciscan friars usually begin the first prayers of the day with the Office of Readings at 6:00 a.m., followed by Morning Meditation Hour from 6:30 until 7:30. Then comes 20 minutes for Morning Prayer, which is followed by Holy Mass at 7:50. The prayers continue with Midday Prayer at noon and Evening Prayer at 5:00. The Holy Hour with Eucharistic Adoration lasts from 5:00 to 6:00, and finally the friars end their day with the Night Prayer and Rosary at 9:15.

In between the prayers, friars typically do evangelical work in their community, helping the poor or homeless by running soup kitchens and other charitable works. While the priests go out into the community to spread the word of God and help people, other brothers work solely at the mission friary to keep it running. These brothers are said to be doing God's work by "keeping the home fires burning." As disciples of Jesus Christ, the brothers aim for intimate union with God in all their offerings and works.