“I love my calling to be a brother”

“I love my calling to be a brother”

The quote was from Br. Andy Gancarczyk, SCJ, during his 25th anniversary celebration last week at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Houston (he is pictured above, on the right). He professed his first vows with the Priests of the Sacred Heart on September 24, 1995.
 
“So, 25 years ago I started my amazing adventure with my religious family,” said Br. Andy, who is local superior of the SCJ community at OLG. “I am so grateful to God for giving me this wonderful opportunity. As Pope Francis has said, our life is a history of passionate love for the Lord and for humanity.
 
“Twenty-five years ago I dedicated my life to Him and to service to the Church in the charism of Fr. Leo John Dehon. Looking back over my 25 years as a religious brother, I can say that God is never outdone in generosity, and that He gives us so much more than we could ever have imagined.
 
Sometimes people ask me: ‘Why aren’t you a priest, Br. Andy?’ For me it comes down to the call from the Lord who knows what will make each person happy and where his or her talents can best serve the community and the people of God.
 
“I love my community, and I love my calling to be a brother. The key is that true happiness is found in following God’s call. He knows us much better than we know ourselves, so we only have to discover His plan for us.”

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