Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf recently formally converted to Catholicism.
The 37-year-old actor officially joined the Catholic Church this past Sunday, when he took the sacrament of confirmation, according to the Catholic News Agency.
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LaBeouf’s sponsor, Capuchin friar Brother Alexander Rodriguez, told CNA the actor might eventually take his commitment to the Catholic Church further. He said the “Transformers” star wants to become a deacon “sometime in the future.”
The celebrity was confirmed into the Church by Bishop Robert Barron at Old Mission Santa Inés Parish in Solvang, California. In a social media post, the church’s leaders said they are “thrilled to share that our dear friend Shia LaBeouf has fully entered the Church this past weekend.”
LaBeouf is now part of the Capuchin Franciscans, an order within the Catholic Church.
“The Capuchin Franciscan friars are overjoyed to welcome him into the fold and witness his deep commitment to his faith journey,” the post continued. “Shia LaBeouf, known for his incredible talent and passion in the entertainment industry, has embarked on a profound spiritual journey that has led him to embrace the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
“His decision to fully enter the Church is a testament to his sincere desire to grow in his relationship with God and live out the Gospel values,” it reads, asking for prayers for the actor “as he continues to deepen his faith and seek God’s guidance in his life.”
According to Rodriguez, LaBeouf first began entertaining the idea of converting to Catholicism while working on his recent film, “Padre Pio,” a movie in which he portrayed St. Pio of Pietrelcina and Rodriguez played the role of a friar.
LaBeouf made headlines in August when, during an extensive interview with Barron, he said his work on “Padre Pio” inspired within him a profound interest in the Catholic Church.
LaBeouf has said he was “never” an atheist but was instead agnostic. He credits “Padre Pio” for reinvigorating his interest in things of faith.
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