The District of San Francisco New Orleans (SFNO) has announced that Andrew Wozniak has been accepted to Postulancy of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Formal acceptance took place on January 14, 2019 in a ceremony held at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Community in San Francisco, California.
Originally from Illinois, Andrew is a 2015 graduate of Saint Mary’s College, where he earned a degree in History. He entered the Brother’s formation program as a Residential Aspirant in the summer of 2017, serving first a summer at De La Salle Academy in Concord, California, and then during the school year at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, where he currently is assigned.
According to SFNO Auxiliary Visitor Brother James Joost, FSC, Andrew will be in “Apostolic Postulancy” for the rest of this semester. He hopes to join in the Fall, along with other Postulants from the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN), the “Regional Postulancy” at Jeremy House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Also, Andrew is beginning his studies through Loyola University Chicago for a Masters degree in Pastoral Ministry with an emphasis in Religious Studies Education.
”Andrew comes from a very supportive family,” said Brother James, “and has shared his talents enthusiastically with the community and his students at Sacred Heart Cathedral. His consideration of contributing to the Lasallian mission is a blessing and a sign that young men are still called today to a deep and meaningful consideration of our vocation.”
The word Postulant comes from the French, meaning “applicant, candidate” and the Latin meaning “to ask, demand.” Postulancy is one of several stages of formation that are required for one to become a professed De La Salle Christian Brother.
In his acceptance ceremony, Andrew received from Brother James, who represented the District, several symbols of his commitment, including a Postulant Cross of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, and copies of Christian Prayer, the Liturgy of the Hours and the Bible. In the presence of his Community, Andrew pronounced promises to “live this year in the values of the Gospel and in the charism of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, through community, ministry and prayer with the Brothers of the Christian Schools.”