Epiphany painting by Virginia Wieringa.
Welcome to the St. Anthony’s Community! Current and former Catholics interested in an alternative vision of Church, as well as those of other faiths, will find St. Anthony’s an attractive and welcoming place to gather on Sunday mornings. Our priests, who preside at our Eucharistic celebrations and other sacramental functions, are duly prepared and ordained without regard to their marital status or gender. The words of one of our favorite hymns says it perfectly: All are welcome in this place!
To Find Us
Sunday Mass is held at 9:30 am in the St. Anthony Chapel at 2300 Garden Street behind Santa Barbara’s Old Mission. The entrance, is via a private drive at the intersection of Garden and Pueblo Streets. Drive through the two stone pillars on the right and follow the asphalt driveway. As you drive, you’ll see a sign on the left directing you to the parking lot. You can also click on the address below for a Goggle map.
We hope you join us.
Who we are…
St. Anthony’s is an inclusive Catholic community where all are welcomed. We exercise Eucharistic hospitality; we invite all believers to share in the liturgy of God’s word, the breaking and sharing of bread, and the service of others. No one is turned away. Our welcome is deep and sincere.
Our members believe it is the Spirit of God who has nurtured and led this independent, intentional faith community from its beginnings, in orthodoxy, to its present inclusive services, led by married priests. We define ourselves as “Pilgrim people,” a phrase used by Vatican II to remind all Catholics that they are the church. We consider our community to be in unity with the larger Church, rooted in the teachings of Jesus and the viewpoint of Vatican II. We recognize that all baptized persons are called to ministry, not just a clerical caste. This belief results in a revived spirituality that sees us as adults before God, able to make and act on sound decisions, as led by the Holy Spirit.
Our focus is on doing what Jesus taught. Creeds and dogmatic statements are important, but it is how we live, as well as what we say, that is important. We strive to live by the love the Gospel proclaims and to daily apply that love to the journey of life.
We are a hospitable and friendly people. We take our worship seriously, but we don’t stand on ceremony. Our love for each other–and all in attendance– is palpable. We say of ourselves: “We are a pilgrim people, a people on the journey, a people seeking and responding to truth. We are witnesses to Christ, who is salt, leaven and light.”