Shia LaBeouf is confirmed in the Catholic Church, reportedly plans to become a deacon

Scandals plagued actor Shia LaBeouf has officially joined the Catholic Church, the Capuchin Franciscans of the Western America Province (based in California’s Bay Area) confirmed via Facebook.

LaBeouf received the Sacrament of Confirmation on New Year’s Eve, making things official with the church, according to a Facebook post from the brothers who wrote in the post that they were «very happy to welcome him to the fold and witness his deep commitment in his faith journey».

In their celebratory announcement, they recognized the 37-year-old LaBeouf’s «incredible talent and passion in the entertainment industry.»

LaBeouf began his acting career as a young teenager and rose to fame through his role on the Disney Channel Even Stevens, later breaking into blockbuster franchises like Michael Bay‘with Transformers films and Indiana Jones continuation. LaBeouf has been attracting attention in recent years different performance art usesbizarre behavior and legal problems, including a 2014 arrest for disorderly conduct to a Broadway show Cabaret (LaBeouf was ordered go to substance abuse treatmentand the judge agreed to dismiss his case after six months of good behavior). After 2017 arrest in Savannah, Georgia, public outcry prompted prosecutors to drop public intoxication charges, while LaBeouf pleaded guilty to obstruction and no contest to disorderly conduct (he paid a fine, served probation and was ordered to seek counseling). in 2020was charged with misdemeanor theft and petit larceny stemming from a verbal altercation that turned physical with a judge later dismissal case after LaBeouf reportedly completed a 12-month diversion program. In 2021, his former partner FKA Twigs accused LaBeouf of «relentless abuse» and in an interview he said, «It’s a miracle I got out alive.» LaBeouf denied the allegations.

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In 2022, LaBeouf made headlines again gossip and speculation around Olivia Wilde‘with Don’t worry, dear, to which he was attached and either left (his version of events) or was fired and reworked, p Harry Styles filling in as the film’s leading man (Wilde’s take). Director cited «no asses policy» when negotiating a personnel change.

The monks’ post nodded to his troubled past, writing: “As Capuchin Franciscans, we believe in the transformative power of faith and the incredible impact it can have on a person’s life. We are humbled and grateful to be able to walk alongside Shia as she takes this important step in her spiritual journey.» The post said his «decision to fully join the Church is evidence of his sincere desire to grow in his relationship with God and live by values ​​of the gospel».

Earlier in his life, LaBeouf publicly identified as Jewish, born to a Jewish mother and a Christian father. While preparing for the role in padre pio in which he played an Italian priest in the Roman Catholic Church who was eventually canonized, LaBeouf developed a fascination and affinity with the church. IN 2022 interview with Bishop Robert Barron, who conducted LaBeouf’s confirmation last week, the actor said what began as research into Catholicism soon became a lifeline.

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