Fr Dean Mathieson was born in 1977, professed First Vows in 2006 and was ordained a priest in 2013. He lived in the South Melbourne fraternity, assisted in the parish and was involved in Capuchin Outreach to the poor and marginalised and faith formation of young adults. He currently lives in the Dutton Park fraternity, assists in the parish and supplies around the Archdiocese and is involved in Capuchin Outreach and faith formation of young adults. The autobiography below was written towards late-2000's.
Many years ago I fell in love with St. Francis of Assisi, with his selfless care for the poor, with his ability to see God's beauty in all, with his courage to live the Gospel and bring Christ to all. Since discovering St. Francis, I had a vague romantic idea of wanting to imitate what he did, but it wasn't until I started to appreciate his devotion to God that I began to see who he was and what I wanted to be.
Originally from Melbourne, for the three years before I started the Postulancy I was living in London. I had gone there with the intention of allowing God to lead me wherever he willed, not having any thoughts of religious life or priesthood at that stage. As it turned out, as soon as I arrived in London, God led me amongst the poor and homeless of the city. Through various groups I began working in soup kitchens and shelters.
It wasn't until about six months after I arrived in London that I started to think about religious life. As St. Francis had been such an important example to me, the idea of living the Franciscan life, and following Francis' example of working with the poorest of the poor made sense. It felt like that was what I had always been longing for. The more I thought about it, the more I desired to give my life in service of God in this way. The Capuchin charism instantly appealed to me, in the way that Capuchins traditionally do what others wouldn't do. And then meeting the friars I could see the charism lived out.
I am thankful for all the time I have been able to spend in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament in discerning my vocation. I am thankful for the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi, still bringing people closer to God almost eight hundred years after leaving this world. I'm thankful for the love of my family and the beautiful blessing they are for me.
I pray that God gives me the grace to continue living the Capuchin way of life, that I may learn daily what it means to follow our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins that we may have eternal life.
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