The son of Deacon Steve and Mary Linton, members of St. Anthony Abbot, Cumberland, has joined the postulancy program of the Capuchin Franciscan friars.
Nathan Linton, a 2013 graduate of Cumberland High School, was in Capuchin formation at Loyola University, Chicago, then was briefly a seminarian for the Diocese of Superior before returning as a postulant to the Capuchin order.
“I have been told I have a Franciscan heart,” Linton explained. “I have always wanted to life a simple life and to serve those in need. I am following the example of my parents. They have been devout in their faith and helping others. They are hard-wired for service. Turns out I am as well.”
Linton is providing ministry to a central city parish, working with the religious education students, the parish’s youth group and the elderly.
In addition to providing ministry work, the Capuchin postulancy program includes formation studies. After one year of postulancy, the candidates continue their studies and vocational discernment process through training as a novice, which is also one year in duration.
The novitiate year is when they receive the Capuchin habit.