Crosier community welcomes novice, Brother Andrew Horton

Categories: Around the Diocese

Sept. 13, 2013, edition
By Kristi Anderson
For The Visitor

On Aug. 27, the Crosier Fathers and Brothers of Onamia welcomed a new novice, Andrew Horton, during evening prayer at Holy Cross Priory Church.

Brother Andrew, 35, lived his entire life in Omaha, Neb., where he was a pharmacy technician for 13 years before realizing God had other plans for him.

brandrewhortonosc“I always knew I had a strong call to permanent, lifelong service to the church,” he said. “I just wasn’t sure what that meant.”

Encouraged by a friend, Brother Andrew began his discernment by using a website, www.vocationmatch.com, to look into some of his options.

“Vocation Match gave me a number of results,” Brother Andrew said, “and the Crosiers were on the list.”

Brother Andrew made initial contact with the Crosiers in March 2012 and made his first visit to the priory the following May.

“Right away I was impressed with the Crosiers,” he said. “The strong community life and the fact that they centered on the community as their first and foremost apostolate amazed me.”

In July, he scheduled a longer visit and then felt ready to apply. He was accepted as a postulant February and moved to Onamia April 1.

He will spend at least one year as a novice, experiencing life in community, listening to in-house presentations from other Crosier fathers and brothers, learning the Rule of Augustine and the Crosier Constitution, and spending time in intense study and reflection.

Brother Andrew says that there is still a lot of mystery in what God has planned for him and that it is his strong faith in God that keeps him going.

“During this change of lifestyle, it has been wonderful to make new relationships and spend time listening to the stories of the other Crosiers’ dedication to the order and to the church,” he said. “To have the support of these men in my same situation assures me that I am not and never have been in this on my own.”