ADS7956: Chip Initialization with Arduino?

Hi,

I'm working on a school project and using the ADS7956 (datasheet), which is a 12 channel external ADC, and a PCB and communicating the converted voltage reading to the Arduino over SPI.

I realized the chip has some settings I need to deal with upon power up: which mode to use, etc. I know which command bits to send from the data sheet, but I'm not sure how to interpret that into Arduino code. Do I just send the bits using SPI.transfer every clock? If anyone has done similar chip initialization with the Arduino, any insight would be super helpful.

Thanks so much!