Monastery Adopts Stray Dog And Makes Him An Honorary Monk


A monastery in Bolivia has recruited it’s newest member, and he’s a stray dog with the brand new title of Friar Bigotón (moustache in Spanish).

Complete with a Franciscan habit to wear around the monastery, brother Bigotón, real name Carmelo, has been welcomed off the street by all the monks.

The Franciscan monastery of Cochabamba is actually established in the name of Saint Francis of Assisi, aka the patron saint of animals, so their new member is incredibly fitting.


Fellow Friar Jorge Fernandez told The Dodo:

His life is all about playing and running. Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.


According to Franciscan Kasper Mariusz Kaproń, this is a snap of ‘Brother Carmelo preaching to the fish’.

It’s not all fun and games though, Friar Bigotón has the important job of helping other stray pups like himself by inspiring other monasteries to also adopt an animal of God.


Proyecto Narices Frías, a local animal rescue group, praised the monastery for adopting an animal in need.

They said:

If only all the churches of our country adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigotón, we are sure that the parishioners would follow his example.

Bless them all!