Br. Nathan Linton professed first vows with the Capuchin order July 21. Here, he is pictured with his parents, Deacon Steven and Mary Linton, and Provincial Minister Michael Sullivan. (Submitted photo)

Capuchin Friar Nathan Linton, native of Cumberland, professed first vows as a Capuchin friar at St. Lawrence Seminary, the founding site of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, Mount Calvary, on July 21.

Br. Nathan will be joining 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. Typically, a friar will make final vows three to five years after first vows.

Capuchin Provincial Minister Fr. Michael Sullivan stated, “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. Nathan adds, “I am absolutely thrilled to be taking this next step in Capuchin life. My prayer for the future is simply that through our life of prayer, simplicity, and service that I may become closer to God and help others to do the same. Thank you all for your prayers and support, may the Lord give you Peace!”

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, there are currently 169 members in the St. Joseph province.