The Franciscan monastery of Cochabamba, Bolivia, just got a new friar. He wears the robes and lives a life of spiritual purity—and also walks on all fours.
Yes, that's a dog monk, a stray taken in by the order, and his name is Friar Bigotón, which is Spanish for Friar Moustache. Truly, god is great.
The adoption was done through Proyecto Narices Frias (or the Cold Nose Project), an animal rescue group that figured a monastery named after the patron saint of animals would make a great home for one of their pets.
"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," the group wrote in a Facebook post.
"His life is all about playing and running," fellow friar Jorge Fernandez told the Dodo. "Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God." He also apparently enjoys his sacred duty of "preaching to the fish."
Bless your little heart, Friar Moustache. Dogs are my religion, now and forever.