The Friar who was ordered to Skate

September 3, 2014


A Skating Friar..... sounds very interesting.

Friar Gabriel skated for seven years as a teenager in Australia, but when he began sensing a call to religious life, he prepared to abandon his skateboarding to live a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience.


He joined the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in Toodyay, Western Australia, and for six years he never touched a skateboard untill the day his superior ordered Friar Gabriel to obtain a skateboard and go to the skatepark once a week, where he would evangelize and witness to the religious life. Friar Gabriel obeyed.


Friar Gabriel’s witness has connected him with scores of people, mostly young men, who otherwise would never encounter Christ or His Church.


Check out this new short film highlighting his work.



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