Matthew Hindelang OFM Cap. professed solemn (lifetime) vows as a Capuchin Franciscan friar on August 20, 2011. The celebration was held at the St. Augustine Province Motherhouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents, Jim and Joan Hindelang, brother, David and family and other extended family members were in attendance. Matt has been in formation for five years and currently resides at the Capuchin College friary in Washington, D.C. where he is completing a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies.
Capuchin Franciscan priests and brothers are an active-contemplative order who commit to living in community and in service to the poor. They take vows of poverty (to own nothing themselves), to live chaste lives in order to love all as God does and of obedience to those in charge so to extend their mission in the world.
Matt was baptized at Blessed Trinity and attended Frankenmuth schools. After two years in college, he volunteered to serve two years in the Cap Corp. where he worked with children in a parish ministry in South Chicago. He then returned home to complete his undergraduate studies at Northwood University.
He discerned a call to religious life with the Capuchin Franciscans and entered as a postulant in Philadelphia, PA. in August, 2006. Upon acceptance as a Novice, he relocated to Wisconsin for more in depth formation in the Capuchin way of life. He took his temporary vows in July, 2008 and was relocated to Washington D.C. to further his studies. He anticipates completion of his degree requirements and formal pastoral care studies in the spring of 2012.