Losing One of the Best: +Bill Wiethorn, OFM Cap.

By Matt Janeczko, OFM Cap.

The Capuchin world weeps this week after losing one of the best friars known around these parts.  After a brief battle with terminal lung cancer, Father William “Bill” Wiethorn passed to his eternal reward.

Somewhere along the way, he picked up the nickname “Smiling Bill.” (Truer words were never spoken.)  I met Bill during my novitiate in Pittsburgh a few years ago and we immediately hit it off.  That’s one of the magnificent things about religious life: no matter age or province, when two kindred religious spirits find each other, laughs are bound to follow.  After chatting with Bill for about an hour, we looked at the clock, realized how late it was and headed off to our rooms, mindful that lauds at 6:30 am would come quickly.  It was one of those moments that highlights religious life – and Capuchin life – at its best: true fraternity.

So, rest in peace and Godspeed, Bill: one would think the Lord has your working up there already.

And if you needed any more proof, here’s some vintage Wiethorn:

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