Fr. Paul Dressler, OFM Cap. Director of Post-Novitiate Formation at the Capuchin College, Washington D.C.
Fr. Dressler has always had a heart for young people. At the age of 17, he converted to Catholicism after extensive involvement in youth ministry. Born and raised in the D.C. area, Fr. Paul graduated with a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Mt. St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg. After graduation, his passion for working with youth led him to teach for several years in Catholic high schools in the D.C. area. In 1992, he experienced the call to “a daring adventure of love” and entered the Capuchin Franciscans. Fr. Paul received his Masters in Divinity from Washington Theological Union and was ordained to the priesthood in 1999. His zeal to bring Christ to young people continued to influence his priestly vocation. While working in a Capuchin parish in center-city Philadelphia, he served as a coordinator for young adult ministry. Desiring to help young men discover the authentic holiness of St. Francis, Fr. Paul studied Franciscan formation in Rome at the Antonianum.
Fr. Paul currently serves as the director of post-novitiate formation for the Capuchin Franciscans at Capuchin College in Washington, D.C., and has been a retreat master and speaker at various conferences for youth and adults. In 2015, Fr. Paul was invited to be a guest speaker at the Capuchin General Assembly. His brothers describe him as a man with a great gift of rhetoric; he is energetic, captivating, passionate and on fire for the Lord.