Why Religious Change Names

Father Emmanuel explains why many Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and other religious change names when they take vows. He says it’s because it’s biblical.

God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, Simon’s name to Peter, Saul’s name to Paul. In all of these instances, God gave them a new name because he was calling them to a new mission.

That is what the friars want to convey when they take a new name, that they are on a new mission to serve Christ with their lives.

Father Emmanuel goes on to explain why he chose his name. Watch the video to find out, because he explains it best.