Area Man Takes Capuchin Vows
Celina (OH) native David Hirt made his solemn perpetual profession as a Capuchin friar at St. Lawrence Seminary in Mount Calvary, WI, earlier this month.
Bro. David, who recently completed his Master of Divinity Degree at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, entered the Midwest Capuchins as a postulant in 2007. He will teach high school classes at St. Lawrence Seminary during the school year and will pursue a Masters Degree in spirituality at Creighton University during the coming summers, following a call to be a spiritual director.
“When I first came to the Capuchins, I was asked what was my special gift and how it can be used to build up the Kingdom of God,” Bro. David explained in an interview posted on the Capuchin website. “At that moment I knew I was supposed to be a Capuchin. God has graced me with a way to serve the world, a community to be part of, and a way to be the man I’m supposed to be. Who could ask for anything more?”
Although Bro. David was the last to enter his postulant class, joining just before the deadline, he was the only one to move on to become a novice although the usual retention rate is more than half. His original profession in theater set design (he has a Masters in set design from Wayne State University) took him to several cities, including one in Russia, before he worked in Chicago and learned about the Capuchins.
Provincial Minister Fr. John Celichowski says the Capuchins “are very blessed to have our brother David making permanent his commitment to live and witness ot the Gosepl as a Capuchin friar. His ability to integrate spirituality, creativity, and the arts are esepecially appreciated; and we look forwar to him using them in his ministry at St. Lawrence Seminary High School.”
Bro. David professed his vows during a ceremony that also honored the anniversaries of friars celebrating 25, 50, 60, 65, and 70 years as a Capuchin. About 150 family, friends, and friars attended.
The Capuchins are an international community of friars who follow St. Francis of Assissi. The Capuchin Province of St. Joseph is headquartered in Detroit and serves in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, Arizona, California, Nicaragua, and Panama.
For information about and discernment for the Capuchins, contact Capuchin Vocation Director Fr. Bill Hugo at (313) 595-2182 or by email at WilliamHuge1253@yahoo.com.
Photos courtesy the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph. For a slideshow of photos of his profession, click here.
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