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Capuchin brother makes lifetime profession, serves happily despite MS

Brother Anthony Monahan, 42, of San Antonio Friary, Denver, made his solemn lifetime profession as a Capuchin-Franciscan brother in the recently elevated Basilica of St. Fidelis in Victoria, Kans. April 23.

Despite limitations from multiple sclerosis, Brother Monahan is known to all he serves as a hard worker and humble joyful friar, who always speaks good of other people, according to Capuchin Minister Provincial Father Christopher Popravak, who received the profession on behalf of the Church.

“What I saw in the brothers when I came from Minnesota to visit them, was exactly what I was looking for in my life,” Brother Monahan said, adding specifically that he was attracted to the Capuchins’ example of prayer, apostolic work and fraternity.

During formation, he has served as church sacristan, minister to the sick and homebound, worked in the food bank at Annunciation Church, assisted in the province’s development program and ministered to residents of the Mullen Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

He joined the Capuchins as a postulant at San Antonio Friary in 2008, and continued training as a novice at St. Conrad’s Friary in Allison Park, Pa. Returning to Denver, he took temporary vows as a Capuchin in 2010 and since that time has continued Capuchin formation at San Damiano Friary, St. Anthony of Padua Friary and San Antonio Friary, all in Denver.

Brother Monahan, son of William and Lucy Monahan of Altura, Minn., graduated from Lewiston-Altura High School in Lewiston, Minn., holds an associate’s degree in applied science from the University of Minnesota at Waseca, and a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary and St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn.


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