Fray Bigotón (aka Friar Moustache) is the nickname of a lil’ doggy monk that’s a member of a St Francis Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Carmelo was his street dog name, before being adopted by the monastery, where he became Brother Carmelo.
The photos were taken by Kasper Mariusz Kapron OFM, who said his theology students stared dressing Carmelo up in traditional Franciscan garb for fun. The photos quickly went viral.
It’s clear Friar Moustache is enjoying his life dedicated to faith.
But he does take his role seriously, as seen here preaching to some fish.
Brother Carmelo was rescued by Proyecto Narices Frias (Cold Nose Project), an animal rescue local to the monastery.
And did you know St Francis, which this monastery was named after, is known as the “patron saint of animals”? For more devote doggos, check out the “Blessing of the Animals” at Saint John the Devine Cathedral, which invited all animals in to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis.