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Dancing Capuchin friars hope to spread joy through social media

Capuchin friars, Brandon Berg and Vince Carrasco in San Antonio, Texas have taken up dancing during the quarantine. 

“We thought it would be a cool idea to reach out to the folks, to give them a little joy, a little smile.”

“We're not able to be with each other physically, so social media has really filled this gap for us of being able to relate to each other.”

The Capuchin sense of humor was also seen in the past, with “The Mannequin Challenge.” 

Now, the two friars play music and have their own podcast, “The Brother Hut.” They consider it one of their ministries to explain their vocation, especially to youth.

In fact, youth ministry and watching his father's conversion helped solidify the faith for Br. Vince, planting missionary seeds in his heart.  

I feel like my vocation can speak to the youth in a way that is powerful for them. Hopefully help them to discover freedom, discover who they are, discover that it's okay to follow Francis in a habit or it's okay to be a disciple of Christ.

Br. Brandon, on the other hand, heard his vocation loud and clear before deciding to pursue it. 

I prayed in front of a statue of Mary. I prayed the Memorare prayer. In that moment of authentic prayer from my heart for genuine guidance from God, I heard the words, “Be a priest.”

After much prayer and discernment over which type of priest he should be, Brandon felt called to be a Franciscan friar. 

Now, both in their vocation, they hope their stories and lives will help lead people closer to Christ. It could be in the form of a dance, a song or through the ordinary conversations on their podcast, “The Brother Hut,” but they hope to spread the Gospel to the world, all the way from Texas.

Melissa Butz