On Saturday, August 18, Alex Hostoffer ’05 was one of five young men to make the promise to live as Capuchin friars for the rest of their lives at the Mass of Profession held at St. Augustine Church in Philadelphia. The road to making these final vows was a long one. Upon applying to the Capuchin postulancy program, Hostoffer completed a year of training in the Capuchin way of life. After that, he spent a year as a novice, which was a year of intense discernment and prayer. This was followed by year-long temporary vows. At that point, after three years of preparation, Hostoffer was able to request that he make perpetual vows.
Brother Alex’s path from Gilmour took him to Northwestern University and then to Case Western Reserve University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is now pursuing a master’s degree in philosophy at Capuchin College in Washington, D.C.
An article titled "Vowed for Life" in Cords Magazine, published by the Capuchin Friars, described the five young men who recently made their perpetual profession.
Brother Alex was lauded for his academic prowess, his dedication to health and fitness and his capabilities as the order’s “Mr. Fix-It.” He fixes any squeaky door or leaky faucet and also serves as a personal trainer to any friars looking to improve their fitness levels.
Congratulations, Brother Alex! You are certainly living the Gilmour mission each day.