BR. SAUL SORIANO, OFM Cap., 1986–2018
Brother Saúl Antonio Soriano Rodriguez, OFM Cap., a perpetually professed friar of the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine, Pittsburgh, PA, died early Monday morning, May 7, 2018, while in surgery at the Washington Hospital Center in DC. His death was the result of catastrophic blood loss resulting from internal injuries received during a cycling accident on Saturday afternoon. He was 31 years of age.
Saúl was born in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, on August 18, 1986, the youngest child and only son of Maria Fredis Rodriguez Fernandez and the late Antonio Soriano Amaya. Having attended the Institute Emiliani Catholic School in El Salvador before emigrating to the US with his family when he was 18, he completed his high school education at Thomas Edison High School, Alexandria, VA, in 2007. In 2008, Saúl entered the Capuchin Formation Program at Borromeo College Seminary in Wickliffe, OH, graduating from John Carroll University Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Philosophy in 2012.
Upon graduation, Saul joined the Capuchin friars of the Province of St. Augustine which serves the American Middle Atlantic States, beginning his postulancy (candidacy) in Philadelphia at Padre Pio Friary in July, 2012. The following year, he was invested in the Capuchin habit at San Lorenzo Friary in Santa Inez, CA (where the inter-provincial novitiate is located) and ultimately professed temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as a Capuchin friar on July 19, 2014.
The new friar pursued his graduate studies in Theology at the Catholic University of America, preparing for eventual ordination to the priesthood, and during this time made his lifetime (perpetual) Profession of Vows as a Capuchin friar in 2017. At the time of his death, Br. Saúl was reaching the end of his formation journey: he was preparing for his examination for ordination as a deacon and the completion of his theological studies in the Fall.
"Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him. May the soul of BROTHER SAUL through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen"
As Capuchin Franciscans we follow St. Francis of Assisi as brothers, living the Gospel in prayer, fraternity and ministry, witnessing simply to Jesus Christ and the Church as a joyful presence of hope and salvation to all, especially to those most in need.
PRAYER - Rooted in our Capuchin contemplative tradition and expressed in many forms
As followers of St. Francis, desiring to be conformed more perfectly to the crucified and risen Christ
- We affirm that our prayer is rooted in our Capuchin contemplative tradition and is expressed in many forms.
- We seek to witness both personally and communally to affective prayer.
- We seek to become a living prayer and joyful presence to draw others to Christ.
FRATERNITY - Rooted in mutual love, humble reverence and respect for one another and for all people
We Capuchins are friars minor, rooted in mutual love, humble reverence and respect for one another and for all people.
- Individually and communally, we commit ourselves to be in greater solidarity with the poor.
- We manifest a compassionate caring attitude toward one another as brothers.
- We affirm, animate, support and encourage the building of community.
MINORITY - Following the meek and humble Christ and sharing our joy as lesser brothers by walking with people of every social condition
As brothers of St. Francis, we faithfully follow the meek and humble Christ.
- We cultivate a disposition of humility and respect of the dignity of others.
- We share our joy as lesser brothers by walking with people of every social condition and by being instruments of reconciliation.
- We commit ourselves to the evaluation of our lifestyle, both individually and communally.