Two Capuchins profess final vows; a third ordained a priest

Detroit — Two Capuchin brothers made their final profession of vows and a third Capuchin was ordained a priest the

Fr. Michael Sullivan, OFM Cap., blesses newly ordained Fr. Robert Wotypka, a native of Philadelphia, on Aug. 6 during his ordination Mass at St. Bonaventure Monastery. Courtesy of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph

weekend of Aug. 5-6 at St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit.

Capuchin friars Bro. Jason Graves, of Pontiac, and Bro. Fred Cabras, of Paw Paw, made their perpetual promises to live under the rule of St. Francis in the Capuchin order Aug. 5 at the Detroit monastery. The following day, Bro. Graves was also ordained a deacon.

“Our brothers, Jason and Fred, have made perpetual profession as Capuchin friars,” said Fr. Michael Sullivan, OFM Cap., provincial minister of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph. “Pope Francis reminds all of us that we are called to be ‘missionaries’ to the peripheries — to bring the love and compassion of Christ to those who are poor and disenfranchised. A Capuchin Friar is such a missionary: first, last and always.”

Bro. Graves

Bro. Graves

Also on Aug. 6, the Capuchins celebrated the ordination to the priesthood of Fr. Robert Wotypka, OFM Cap., a native of Philadelphia.

“Fr. Robert has shown himself a willing and humble servant of God’s people,” Fr. Sullivan said. “He is ready and willing to serve wherever asked. His love for God and for the people of God is evident to all. We rejoice as Robert lays down his life in priestly ministry.”

Bro. Cabras

Fr. Wotypka will serve in Detroit as associate pastor of St. Charles Borromeo and Nativity parishes, and will also help out at St. Ambrose Parish in Grosse Pointe Park, Fr. Sullivan said, in addition to his role as assistant vocation director for the St. Joseph province.


Bro. Graves, a recent graduate of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, will serve a Capuchin parish in Milwaukee, while Bro. Cabras will continue his studies at the Chicago school.