Bolivian monastery’s new friar … is a dog

A Franciscan brotherhood in Cochabamba, Bolivia, adopted a vagabond dog. The friars welcomed the man’s best friend into their order. The pup was christenend Friar Bigotón, which translates to Brother Moustache.

Bolivian monks adopted a stray Schnauzer, formerly named Carmelo. The abbots clothed the homeless pup in his own tiny robe. Friar moustache is a pampered pooch who has become the abbey’s mascot. ‘Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God’, said monk Jorge Fernandez.

The friary is named after St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of all animals. Naturally, the abbots felt the urge to help an animal in need. This heartfelt act of compassion could encourage parishioners to do the same.

Text: Morgan Mc Kenzie, Photo: ©Proyecto Narices Frias