Videos: skateboarding friar and rapping priest

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Friday 05, December 2014 | Category:  
Friar Gabriel shares his gift of skateboarding; Father Joshua Johnson raps Jesus' word.
Friar Gabriel, as he's simply known, of the Franciscan Immaculate, skated for seven years as a teenager, but felt his vocation was religious life. He gave up his passion for skateboarding to live a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Six years later, he was given permission to obtain a skateboard and go to the skatepark once a week. Skateboarding allows him to help others see the compatibility of exercising the body as well as the soul. 

A newly-ordained priest in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, La., Father Joshua Johnson uses the medium of rap music to communicate his message. “We need to immerse ourselves in Jesus’ word so that he can speak truth to us,” he says. Even if some skeptical young people aren’t totally convinced of his message, they at least hear him out, since it's not every day that you meet a priest who raps.

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