Within the last few days, we’ve been blessed with a new media volunteer! Brother Montie Chavez, a young Capuchin Franciscan friar, is among a community of Capuchins in San Antonio. As part of his formation, and to complement his studies in communications at Our Lady of the Lake University, Brother Montie will be volunteering for a few hours each week, learning about using media for evangelization.
You might meet him at our conferences, where he hopes to speak with attendees about their encounter with Christ. Please pray for his continued discernment and formational journey. As a ministry that has enjoyed a long relationship with Franciscans of all kinds, we are excited to welcome him “aboard ship” in this mission!
Capuchin Franciscan friars are Catholic brothers and priests who live in community, inspired by St. Francis of Assisi. If you’ve ever had a cappuccino, you can thank these gentlemen; the famous drink is named after their brown habits!
In the 16th century, a group of Franciscans were inspired to live the Franciscan lifestyle in a more radical manner, returning to the original emphasis on prayer and poverty. These men broke away from the Franciscans and began a reform movement which stressed the priority of contemplative prayer and a more rigorous austerity. Wearing habits with large hoods, they soon garnered the name cappucio, the Italian word for “hood.” The Capuchins received approval of their way of life and were recognized as an official, independent branch of the Franciscans in 1525 in the papal bull Religionis Zellus. – from Capuchins.org