Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf, renowned for his roles in ‘Transformers’ and ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’, has recently confirmed his conversion to Catholicism. This spiritual shift follows his portrayal of the lead in the movie ‘Padre Pio’.
LaBeouf’s journey has been complex, marked by legal challenges and a high-profile abuse allegation from an ex-partner. However, he has sought a path of personal growth, culminating in his confirmation at the Old Mission Santa Inés Parish in Solvang, California.
The Capuchin Franciscans-Western American Province publicly acknowledged LaBeouf’s commitment, stating, “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.”
LaBeouf’s spiritual guide, Capuchin friar Brother Alexander Rodriguez, disclosed to the Catholic News Agency (CNA) the actor’s aspiration to become a deacon in the future. This revelation occurred during the filming of ‘Padre Pio’, in which LaBeouf played the Italian Capuchin friar and saint, Padre Pio.
Rodriguez highlighted that, for now, LaBeouf is prioritizing his daughter Isabel, shared with partner Mia Goth. He added, “He just spontaneously said, ‘I want to become a deacon,’ and he still feels that way.”
LaBeouf’s personal challenges, including a lawsuit for abuse filed by former girlfriend FKA Twigs, led him to seek professional help and enter a long-term facility. His role in ‘Padre Pio’ and a conversation with Bishop Robert Barron, who officiated his confirmation, were pivotal in his conversion from atheism to Catholicism.