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Washington Native Professes First Vows As Capuchin

Capuchin Brother Clint Evrard, center, stands with his uncle and aunt, Patrick and Chan O' Connor, left, his mother Janice Evrard and Capuchin Provincial Minister Father Michael Sullivan following his profession of first vows on July 15.

Capuchin Brother Clint Evrard, a native of Washington and member of St. Peter Parish in Montgomery, professed first vows as a Capuchin friar on July 15 at St. Lawrence Seminary, the founding site of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, Mount Calvary, Wis. Joining him in the first profession was Brother Nicholas Blattner.

They will be joining 10 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 3-5 years after first vows.  

“It's such a great grace of Christ that I am going to join the Capuchins in our common journey.” Brother Clint said.  “I am blessed with all of my brothers who uphold me; all of my family and friends who have always supported me; and with the Catholic Church that has shown me strength, faith, the mercy of God's love and a true road to Jesus.  I am especially blessed to have had my mother with me on this whole journey.  This Capuchin life is a wonderful life, and through it I can truly see that God is good!”

“Our Brother Clint serves joyfully,” said Capuchin Provincial Minister Father Michael Sullivan. Our Holy Father Pope Francis reminds us that Gospel joy is born of faith and daily surrender to Christ. Brother Clint opens his heart and mind to the love of God and the love of our brothers and sisters. That’s what we Capuchins are called to do, and our vowed commitment is a public promise to live this way.”

The Capuchins are an international community of friars modeling themselves after St. Francis of Assisi.  St. Padre Pio was a Capuchin.
The brothers of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, headquartered in Detroit, serve in a variety of ministries including social service, schools, chaplaincy, retreat houses and parishes in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, Arizona, Nicaragua, and Panama. Established in 1857, there are currently 174 members in the St. Joseph province.