Robert Anthony Barbato, OFM Cap.

Born July 26, 1959, Los Angeles California


St. Francis High School, La Canada Flintridge, California, 1973-77
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, 1978-80, general education
Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 1980-82 (BA, Philosophy); 1983-89 (M.Div, MA, Theology)
St. Bonaventure University, Franciscan Institute, Summer classes 1985, 1986, 1988
Catholic University of America, Doctoral Studies in Spirituality (ABD) 2002-7.

Religious Life and Ministry

Member, Capuchin Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Angels (Western America)
Received, August 18, 1977
First Profession, August 19, 1978
Solemn Profession, October 1, 1983
Diaconate Ordination, March 8, 1986
Sacerdotal Ordination, June 13, 1987

Ministries in the Order

Hospital Chaplain, Fresno, California, 1987-89
Assistant Director, Post-Novitiate Formation, Berkeley, California, 1989-91
Associate Pastor, St. Francis Parish, Bend, Oregon, 1991-92
Director, Post novitiate Formation, Berkeley, California 1992-97.
Guardian, Berkeley, California, 1994-97
Pastor, Old Mission Santa Ines, Solvang, California, 1997-2001
Director, Capuchin Associates Program, San Francisco, California, 2001-02
Associate Pastor, St. Lawrence Parish, Los Angeles (Watts), California, 2002-04
Spirituality Studies, Washington DC & Wheeling, WV, 2004-09
Guardian and Retreat Director, San Lorenzo Seminary, Santa Ynez, California 2009-11
Novitiate Team Member and Vicar, Interprovincial Novitiate, San Lorenzo Seminary, Santa Ynez, California 2011-16
Director, Post-Novitiate Director and Vicar, St. Conrad Friary, Berkeley, California 2016-

Provincial Leadership

Member, Our Lady of Angels Provincial Council (Definitory)
1997-2000, 2008-2014
Vicar Provincial, Our Lady of Angel Province, 2014-present


Co-Director, Summer Renewal Programs, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 1989-1991
Spiritual Assistant to Federation of Our Lady of Angels of the Capuchin Poor Clare Sisters, 2002-05.
Leader, Capuchin Franciscan Solemn Profession Pilgrimages to Italy, 2002, 2006
Board Member, Santa Barbara Mission Archive Library, 2013-present
Founding Board Member, California Missions Foundation, 1998-2001

Retreat Experience:

I have given many retreats over the years to many groups, including the following:
Capuchin Province of St. Conrad (Denver)
Capuchin Province of St. Augustine (Pittsburgh)
Capuchin Province of Our Lady Mother of the Good Shepherd (Ontario, Canada)
Capuchin Custody of Our Lady Star of the Sea (Guam & Hawaii)
St. Clare’s Retreat House, Soquel, California (several weekend retreats and retreats for religious sisters)
Capuchin Poor Clare Sisters, various convents
Priests of the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas
Priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California
Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, California
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, Wisconsin
Secular Franciscans, various fraternities and regions (Most recently to Our Lady of the Mountains Region, August 2016)
Parish missions, various places

I helped design and lead two pilgrimages to Assisi for the friars of the U.S. and Canada who were preparing for solemn profession. The pilgrimages included sites in Rome, Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia, Camerino, Arezzo, Borgo San Sepolcro (Montecassale), Rieti Valley, San Giovanni Rotondo

Input on Franciscan Spirituality for the Seminarians of St. John Seminary, Camarillo, California, 2013, 2014, 2016

I am fluent in Spanish, and have been able to communicate in Italian while on pilgrimage in Italy. I also speak a little Serbo-Croatian (my mother is from Croatia).

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