Old Mission
Founded 1804
Capuchin Franciscan
Santa Inés
Solvang, California
Sacred Heart Sisters
Mission Santa Inés

Fr. Gerald Baron, OFM, Cap.

Fr. Gerald Barron, OFM, Cap, Senior Priest, serves in prision ministry and other parish and provincial assignments.  Fr. Gerald started out as a member of the Secular Franciscans (Third Order) in Dublin, Ireland. Inspired by the preaching of the Capuchins and their closeness to the people, especially the poor, he joined them in 1957. As a newly ordained priest he was sent to California in 1966. Since his arrival, he has ministered in parishes, vocation ministry and retreat work. He also served the friars for six years as Provincial Minister.

He says of his ministry: "I am like a bystander watching God's marvelous work in the lives of His people." Fr. Gerald sees Capuchin community as a great gift from God. He has been the Pastor at Old Mission Santa Inés since 2009.