Adrian Native, Capuchin Friar, Professes First Vows


MILWAUKEE, WI--Capuchin Friar Michael Dorn, a native of Adrian, MN, professed first vows as a Capuchin friar at St. Lawrence Seminary, the founding site of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, Mount Calvary, WI, on July 21. Br. Mike will join 16 other friars at the Chicago formation house for continued ministry formation and formal undergraduate academic studies. This is in preparation for graduate studies at Catholic Theological Union, where Br. Mike will begin studies in September. Typically, a friar will make final vows 3-5 years after first vows.

Capuchin Provincial Minister Fr. Michael Sullivan states, "Our brothers who professed their first vows were surrounded by family and friends, as well as our elder friars who were celebrating 25, 50, and 60 years of vowed life. We rejoice at our youngest members who begin their journey surrounded by those of us who have journeyed a while. Both young and 'not-so-young' celebrating together the joy of gospel living. I offer my congratulations to my brothers!"

Br. Mike adds, "As Dr. Cornel West often remarks, 'I am who I am because somebody loved me.' It is only through God's grace and mercy, my Capuchin brothers, and my family, both living and those who have passed on, am I able to walk this path by means of their love. It's this same love that I hope to co-generate with all of God's people (especially the marginalized) no matter where this life of fraternal minority continues to lead me."

The Capuchins are an international community of friars modeling themselves after St. Francis of Assisi. The brothers of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, headquartered in Detroit, serve in a variety of ministries including social service, schools, chaplaincy, a retreat house, and parishes in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Montana, Arizona, Nicaragua, and Panama. Established in 1857, the St. Joseph Province currently has 169 members.