Monica Orozco Appointed New Executive Director at Old Mission Santa Barbara

Fr. David Gaa, OFM, Provincial Minister of Franciscan Friars {OFM) Province of Saint Barbara, announced today the appointment of Santa Barbara native Monica Orozco, PhD, as the new Executive Director of Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, effective August 1,

2016. Dr. Orozco has served for the past seven years as Director of the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library in Santa Barbara.

I am personally very pleased to make this announcement,” noted Father Gaa. “It is the culmination of much effort on the part of many of my fellow Friars and of lay leaders at Santa Barbara,past and present. This appointment affirms the extraordinary contributions and effective leadership that Dr. Orozco has demonstrated consistently overtime. She possesses the skills of a true professional, while at the same time approaching her work with a real Franciscan heart.”

In response to her appointment, Dr. Orozco stated: “I am both excited to further our mission at the Old Mission, and yet at the same time, grateful and humbled at the confidence that the Friars have shown in me. I am especially appreciative of the support of all the dedicated staff and volunteers who give so much of themselves.”

Dr. Orozco is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she received her doctorate in Latin American History. Specializing in19th century Colonial Mexico, she has placed particular emphasis on the study of both Catholic and Protestant missionary movements among indigenous peoples there. She is also an active member of St. Barbara Parish at the Old Mission.

As part of her administrative responsibilities, Dr.Orozco will be serving on the Old Mission’s executive leadership team, consisting of Father Adrian Peelo, OFM (Pastor, St. Barbara Parish), Brother Regan Chapman, OFM (Guardian, Franciscan fraternity at OMSB), and former Interim Executive Director Christina Sumpter. In addition, Dr. Orozco will be working closely with the various groups both at the Old Mission and in the extended Santa Barbara community to further Franciscan efforts in outreach and witness.

Founded in 1786, Old Mission Santa Barbara is only one of the 21 historic California Missions established during the Spanish colonial era which has been in continuous operation under the auspices of the Franciscan friars. Centrally located, the 13-acre campus includes an active Franciscan friary community, St. Barbara Parish, Museum, Santa Barbara Mission

Archive-Library, the cemetery/columbarium, and giftshop.

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