Transformers Actor Shia LaBeouf Surprises Priestly Discernment Retreat With FaceTime Call

@frhaiho, Instagram / ChurchPOP

This is awesome! 🙌

Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf surprised Capuchin Franciscan retreat participants discerning the priesthood with an encouraging FaceTime phone call.

LaBeouf recently worked with the Capuchins while filming his movie portraying St. Padre Pio.

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Fr. Hai Ho, OFM, of the Franciscan Capuchins in Burlingame, Cali. shared on Wed., Jan 26 that LaBeouf “made a cameo appearance” at their Come & See Weekend discernment retreat.

The actor FaceTimed the Capuchins, offering encouragement to eight men discerning their religious vocation.

“He shared a bit about his recent experience filming the Padre Pio movie as well,” Fr. Ho wrote. “It was a fun surprise and the candidates got a glimpse of just how Padre Pio’s example is an inspiration for so many.”

Fr. Ho told ChurchPOP told that LaBeouf told the candidates that “he is praying for them.”

“Shia knew they were men interested in religious life,” Fr. Ho said. “After greeting some of the brothers that he already knew, he said hi to the candidates and said that he is praying for them.”

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Here’s the post below:

@frhaiho, Instagram

The post reads, “Guess who made a cameo appearance at our Come & See Weekend?

“We had a retreat with 8 men discerning their vocation into religious life, and Shia LaBeouf calls in via FaceTime to give them some encouragement! He shared a bit about his recent experience filming the Padre Pio movie as well. It was a fun surprise and the candidates got a glimpse of just how Padre Pio’s example is an inspiration for so many.

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“Please pray for more vocations to the Church, especially to our Capuchin Franciscan way of life. Pray also for Shia and all those involved with the movie. May it be a source of hope that nourishes the faith of those who will watch.

“Padre Pio, pray for us!

“‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'” (Luke 10:2)

Here’s some more photos below:

@frhaiho, Instagram
@frhaiho, Instagram

Here’s what some people said about the post:

@tim_s_kofc, Instagram

One Instagram user said, “Praying for the [eight] men discerning a vocation. Great to see the support from Shia. I think you made a friend for life.”

@h2ochris, Instagram

Another user said, “I will pray for the [eight] discerning their vocation when I do tonight’s rosary. 🙏🏼 📿”

@orlanosaursrex, Instagram

Another user added, “This is awesome. May he develop a deep devotion to Padre Pio.”

@alan.alencar, Instagram

This user also said, “The news of these photos reached here – São Paulo / Brazil – with enthusiasm I went looking. I look forward to another film about the life of [Saint] Padre Pio, [whom] I love so much. Thank you for sharing with us, @frhaiho! 🙌🙌🙌”

Say a prayer for all those discerning a religious vocation!

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[See also: Transformers Actor Shia LaBeouf Goes on Pilgrimage With Franciscans, Visits Padre Pio’s Friary]

[See also: Actor Shia LaBeouf to Portray St. Padre Pio in Upcoming Hollywood Film]

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