Capuchin Franciscan friar Fred Cabras to be ordained a deacon

Brother Fred Cabras, OFM Cap. will be ordained a Roman Catholic deacon during a rite of ordination celebrated at 2pm CT on Saturday, April 27, 2019 by Bishop Paul Schmitz, OFM Cap. at St. Clare of Montefalco Parish, 5443 S. Washtenaw Avenue.

Br. Fred, a native of Paw Paw, Michigan, grew up attending St. Mary’s Parish in his hometown. He is a graduate of Hackett Catholic Central High School in Kalamazoo and the University of Illinois-Chicago. Br. Fred discerned the call to become a member of the clergy while attending the FOCUS Conference for young adults as an undergraduate at UIC. “I got this sense that there’s something more that I’m searching for,” said Br. Fred. “I realized that community and social services were at the hallmark of my spiritual life. Being with and journeying with people on the margins and living in community is where I found spiritual richness.” This led Br. Fred to the Capuchin Franciscans.

Br. Fred is working to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Following his ordination, he will complete his clinical work at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. When he completes his clinical work, Br. Fred will be both a licensed clinical social worker and also an ordained Franciscan friar.

About the Capuchins

The Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph is a region of the worldwide order of Capuchin Franciscan friars covering the Midwestern United States with headquarters in Detroit. There are currently 163 friars serving in ministries such as soup kitchens, parishes, schools and retreat centers, in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Montana. The Capuchins are funded primarily by donations, receiving no government assistance.