Popular movie star Shia LaBeouf completed his conversion to Catholicism last Sunday when he received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
LaBeouf, who starred in the first three Transformer movies, made the life-changing transformation and was confirmed by Bishop Robert Barron on Dec. 31 at Old Mission Santa Inés Parish in Solvang, California.
The Capuchin Franciscans-Western American Province, in a statement, shared news of the actor’s confirmation via social media on Tuesday.
“We are thrilled to share that our dear friend Shia LaBeouf has fully entered the Church this past weekend through the sacrament of confirmation!” the statement read. “The Capuchin Franciscan friars are overjoyed to welcome him into the fold and witness his deep commitment to his faith journey. Shia LaBeouf, known for his incredible talent and passion in the entertainment industry, has embarked on a profound spiritual journey that has led him to embrace the teachings of the Catholic Church. His decision to fully enter the Church is a testament to his sincere desire to grow in his relationship with God and live out the Gospel values.”
Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf was received into the Catholic Church with the sacrament of confirmation by Winona-Rochester Bishop Robert Barron on Sunday evening. https://t.co/LTuD2sTZBC
— Catholic News Agency (@cnalive) January 3, 2024
Capuchin Franciscans said it was “humbled and grateful” to work alongside the Transformer Star as he begins his spiritual journey.
“We invite you to join us in celebrating this momentous occasion and to keep Shia LaBeouf in your prayers as he continues to deepen his faith and seek God’s guidance in his life. May his example inspire others to explore their own spiritual paths and find solace in the loving embrace of the Church,” the statement concluded.
LaBeouf’s confirmation sponsor, Capuchin Friar Brother Alexander Rodriguez, revealed that the actor wants to become a deacon sometime in the future. Rodriguez added that LaBeouf began considering becoming during his recent film “Padre Pio where he played St. Pio of Pietrelcina and Rodriguez played the role of a friar.
“He just spontaneously said, ‘I want to become a deacon,’ and he still feels that way,” Rodriguez said.
LaBeouf, in an August interview with Barron, revealed that his role in Padre Pio made him fall in love with the Catholic faith.