A monk I studied with at St. Vincent, who is from St. Andrew’s Abbey (Cleveland), left me a voice message last night notifying me that Fr. Bill Wiethorn passed away. Fr. Bill was a friend of mine and was a Capuchin priest whom I met in February 2004 when I was in seminary. It was around that time that I began discerning religious life, and visiting with him and experiencing his joyful demeanor was a great blessing. He encouraged and support my early inklings toward religious life. He invited me to visit him in Washington, D.C.
Eventually, I was able to visit the Capuchins in D.C. in 2005 when we stayed we stayed with the community during the March for Life. It was a great community, but God had other plans for me.
Below: Pictures from the March for Life 2005 (yes, I keep almost everything)
Above: That’s Fr. Xavier Nacke on the left, all bundled up.
When I made solemn vows in 2009 and was sent off to finish my Theology training in preparation for the priesthood, I attended school at St. Vincent in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. I quickly heard from another Capuchin that Fr. Bill was nearby in Cleveland. I was able to visit him for Fall break 2009. He was gracious as ever. He was proud that I had entered religious life, even if it was the Benedictines and not the Capuchins.
Below: Here we are donning competing habits!
We were able to get together one more time. It was October 2010, Fall Break again. It was a cool day and we went to Lake Erie and I was trying out my new Canon Rebel XS camera. Here are a couple of the pictures that I snapped that day. He was the only man brave enough to wear a Steelers jacket in Cleveland.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.