Crosier Religious Formation
Dear Friend of the Crosiers,
I am excited to let you know that in recent months five young Crosiers were ordained to the priesthood and five were ordained to the deaconate as our worldwide Order has welcomed more young men over the last four years than we did in the previous two decades. Currently our Order has 121 confreres in Religious formation and priesthood studies. Truly, the Crosier Order is blessed by these young men who are responding to God’s call to Religious Life. They love the Church and are striving to give up everything to live for God alone within their lives.
Meet Br. Daniel Hernández Flores, osc
One of our youngest members living in Onamia, Br. Daniel, grew up in Tlaxcala, Mexico, and learned about the Crosiers through our online presence on Facebook. It was our charism of service from community and the spirituality of the Cross that caught his eye. He then began correspondence with our Prior Provincial, Fr. Tom Enneking, osc, and entered the novitiate in 2014. Last year he made his first profession of vows as a Crosier and is now beginning his second year of post-novitiate studies in theology, liturgy and spirituality. Br. Daniel looks forward to continued growth and joy in himself and his understanding of ministry in the church as he strives to give himself over to God and God’s people.
Along with this good news about vocations come new opportunities support the formation and education of these Crosiers whom we are blessed to have in formation as they seek to respond to God’s call. Pope Francis has said that “vocations are born in prayer and from prayer; only through prayer can they persevere and bear fruit.” We are grateful for your continued prayers for Br. Daniel and all our other new Crosiers across the world.
Your prayers, friendship, and support have blessed us and we are very grateful for all of these blessings, for we could not be servants of the Church without all of your kindness. Your support of our annual Formation Appeal enables us to prepare Br. Daniel and our other young Crosiers to serve the Church. With your help we will meet our formation budget needs for the year. A gift that speaks from your heart, no matter the size, will make a tremendous difference in helping us prepare our new Crosiers for ministry.
How Your Gift Makes a Difference:
Your gift supports 121 young men in Crosier Religious Life formation and priesthood studies throughout the world.
Your gift provides a solid education in scripture, Catholic tradition, church history, theology, liturgy, and spirituality.
Your gift prepares the next generation of Crosiers with practical knowledge to lead vibrant ministries.
Your gift nurtures spiritual formation through worship, prayer, and faith sharing.
Your gift assists our efforts to identify, guide, and invite young men to consider a religious vocation.
Your gift ensures the worldwide development of Crosier leadership to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ for generations to come.
For more than 800 years, we Crosiers have lived by the Rule of St. Augustine and reached out to our brothers and sisters most in need by sharing with them the joyful hope of the Cross. You have the opportunity today to share in this positive impact on the future of the Crosier Order and the Church.
Please join in this investment of our young Crosiers in formation and support them with a generous gift. They are the hope of our future!
I ask that you prayerfully consider a gift to this 2016 Formation Appeal. Whatever you are able to give is greatly appreciated. Please know that you hold a special place in my heart and a daily remembrance in the Masses and prayers of the Crosiers.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
V. Rev. Kermit Holl, O.S.C.
Prior, The Crosier Community of Onamia
PS: Thank you in advance for responding generously from your heart to our Formation Appeal. Please include your intentions in the Comment Box of the donation form by October 5 so that your intentions can be included in our Novena in Honor of St. Odilia beginning on that day.