Br. Thomas Piolata, OFM Cap.
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Before Becoming a Friar: "I joined the Capuchins after graduating from Saint Louis University in 2012. At SLU, I graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy, Classical Humanities, and Italian Studies. Also at SLU, I had the privilege of studying the writings of St. Francis under the guidance of Fr. Wayne Hellmann, OFM Conv. -- an experience which heavily influenced my decision to become a friar myself."
Why I'm a Capuchin: "A great deal of inspiration comes from the writings of Pope Benedict XVI, whose thought and life encouraged me to pursue a vocation in theology. In addition to Benedict, the Lord has placed excellent mentors and teachers in my life. Guided, then, by Benedict XVI and important mentors, I eventually began to gravitate toward the Franciscan tradition. Above all, I have been and continually to be inspired by St. Francis' Gospel vision and the centrality of the Crucified Christ in his life. I must also mention St. Bonaventure, whose theophanic and Christic worldview, as well as his prayerful life and style, never ceases to invigorate my own religious vocation."