Movie followers and Christian believers alike: rejoice!
Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf has been formally acquired into the Catholic Church with the sacrament of affirmation by Minnesota Bishop Robert Barron, on New Yr’s Eve.
This follows a shocking however extremely honest awakening of the actor’s religion, after the lengthy immersive work he undertook to play the function of St. Pio of Pietrelcina in Abel Ferrara’s film Padre Pio.
LaBeouf’s affirmation sponsor and LaBeouf co-star within the movie, Capuchin Friar Brother Alexander Rodriguez additional revealed that the actor desires to develop into a deacon ‘someday sooner or later’.
Brother Rodriguez mentioned that LaBeouf started entertaining the concept of the diaconate through the making of the film. “He simply spontaneously mentioned, ‘I need to develop into a deacon,’ and he nonetheless feels that manner,”.
The sacramental ceremony came about at Previous Mission Santa Inés Parish, in Solvang, California.
That’s the identical Capuchin parish that LaBeouf first went to coach for his function as a Franciscan friar within the Padre Pio movie.
Like many different folks, I first came upon about LaBeouf’s story just a few months in the past once I ran into his 80-minute-long interview with Bishop Barron – the identical prelate who now officiated in his Affirmation ceremony.
I used to be amazed by the seriousness and sincerity of his religious quest, so I’m leaving it right here in case you need to test it out.
Watch: Shia LaBeouf’s with Bishop Robert Baron
New Catholic Register reported:
“Within the interview, he mentioned that he was agnostic earlier than discovering God. He mentioned he had a bar mitzvah as a 13-year-old boy however by no means embraced the Jewish religion.
Regardless of his successes as an actor in big-screen movies comparable to Transformers, Fury, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Cranium, and Holes, his life was in turmoil. In bother with the regulation a number of occasions, LaBeouf presently faces a lawsuit filed by his ex-girlfriend accusing him of being bodily abusive. Estranged from his mom due to his downward spiral, LaBeouf informed Bishop Barron he had reached the purpose the place he despaired of residing, saying: ‘I don’t need to be right here anymore’.”
When LaBeouf obtained the lead half in Abel Ferrara’s movie Padre Pio, an Italian priest and saint who acquired the stigmata, a street of self-discovery opened forward of him.
He spent an immense period of time with Franciscan friars at Previous Mission Santa Inés to arrange for the function.
“He started diving into Scripture and the works of essential Catholic writers. In his interview with Bishop Barron, LaBeouf spoke about his view of Jesus previous to his having learn the Gospels as somebody who’s ‘smooth, fragile, all-loving, all-listening’ however with ‘no ferocity, no romance’. What he encountered within the Gospels was a really totally different, masculine Christ, he mentioned.”
Enjoying the function of the saint whereas being immersed in his monastery and city added to the depth.
“’It’s huge stress, however it solely served the movie’, he mentioned. ‘There are scenes the place we’re operating Mass and these aren’t actors within the seats. These are God-fearing individuals who love Pio and you are feeling it, and it solely provides to the stakes’.
Regardless of the stress, LaBeouf mentioned that ‘I’ve by no means, in the middle of my total profession, been on a set the place the movie felt simpler to make’.”
We’re thrilled to share that our pricey pal Shia LaBeouf has totally entered the Church this previous weekend by means of the sacrament of affirmation! The Capuchin Franciscan friars are overjoyed to welcome him into the fold and witness his deep dedication to his religion journey.
Shia LaBeouf, recognized for his unimaginable expertise and keenness within the leisure trade, has launched into a profound religious journey that has led him to embrace the teachings of the Catholic Church. His resolution to completely enter the Church is a testomony to his honest want to develop in his relationship with God and reside out the Gospel values.
As Capuchin Franciscans, we imagine within the transformative energy of religion and the unimaginable impression it could have on one’s life. We’re humbled and grateful to stroll alongside Shia as he takes this essential step in his religious journey.
We invite you to hitch us in celebrating this momentous event and to maintain Shia LaBeouf in your prayers as he continues to deepen his religion and search God’s steerage in his life. Could his instance encourage others to discover their very own religious paths and discover solace within the loving embrace of the Church.”
The actor discovered some steerage even within the least anticipated locations, like Hollywood.
“LaBeouf, a product of an interfaith marriage, was raised each Jewish by his mom and Christian by his father and had each a bar mitzvah and a baptism. The actor has mentioned in earlier interviews that he was drawn to Catholicism amid alcoholism and difficulties in his private life, together with a December 2020 lawsuit filed by former girlfriend FKA Twigs, who accused LaBeouf of ‘relentless abuse’, sexual battery, assault and emotional misery. The trial is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 14.
The actor transformed to Catholicism after filming Padre Pio, and informed The Hollywood Reporter that Mel Gibson had taken him underneath his wing and launched him to issues like Latin Mass.
‘[Gibson] was cautious with me. A few years in the past, I went to his home and informed him to his face that his non secular views and politics had been a hindrance to his craft. He giggled with grace and informed me to learn in regards to the Maccabees’ LaBeouf informed THR in an interview. ‘As I fell ahead, he at all times remained supportive’.”