For Dr. Ben Horgan, a vocation in Catholic Education is something that chose him. A proud graduate of St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA, Ben was first introduced to the Xaverian Brothers there, gradually living into his calling.
Having worked with the Brothers since 2018 when he was hired as the Formation Director of the Xaverian Brothers Sponsorship Office, Brother Daniel Skala, C.F.X., General Superior, invited Ben to also take on supporting the formation of the Xaverian Associates and Brothers.
“As the new Director of the Associates Program, I look forward to getting to know our Xaverian Associates and supporting them in their commitment to the mission and spirituality of the Xaverian Brothers,” Ben stated. “In this new role, I will be partnering with Associates and the Brothers, supporting them in providing resources and opportunities to further enhance their experience.”
Ben received a Bachelor of Art in Religion and Philosophy from Bates College, a Master of Theological Studies from Loyola University in Maryland, and a Doctorate of Education from Creighton University where his dissertation focused on Board formation and development in Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools.
Over the past four years he has partnered with administrators, board members, faculty, staff, and students to animate the Xaverian mission and charism in support of our schools.
“The pandemic has challenged our ability to connect and be present to one another,” Ben said. “As we enter into a new way of proceeding, I look forward to bringing our Associates together and finding new opportunities to reinvigorate this element of the Congregation’s ministry.”
Ben acknowledged that he is new to the Associates program and enters the work with great humility.
“I look forward to collaborating and supporting the evolving needs of the Associates and taking their lead on where they would like to see these efforts grow and evolve,” he affirmed.
Throughout Ben’s life, the Xaverian Brothers and their partners in mission have mentored and supported him professionally, spiritually, and personally. He is humbled to support his Xaverian family within the schools and now with the Associate’s program. He looks forward to continuing to develop enduring personal relationships that make the Xaverian Brothers charism so distinctive.