Elkhart native joining Dominican Order on Sunday

Brother Ambrose "Robert" Lowman of Elkhart will vow to become a brother in the Dominican Order this weekend.

Posted on Aug. 9, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 9, 2013 at 12:50 p.m.

DENVER — An Elkhart man will take his first vows to become a brother in the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church on Sunday, Aug. 11, in Colorado.

Brother Ambrose “Robert” Lowman of Elkhart has spent the last year studying and discerning with the Dominican Order at the Novitiate in Denver.

Lowman has worked at Froggy Radio and Tolson Center since he moved to Indiana 20 years ago. He said he has been “discerning priesthood for the last four years” and was drawn to the Dominican Order after attending a “come and see weekend” with the brothers.

He describes his novitiate as a “trial period for a way of life” he would be living as a brother.

The year was spent learning about the order, church history and spirituality, Lowman said. Five other men formed the class, a group Lowman described as “familial.”

The service on Sunday will mark the completion of the novitiate. Next year, the men will move to St. Louis, Mo., where they will continue study and formation at the Aquinas Institute of Theology. Their vows may be renewed in two years, with ordination possible in five years.

Lowman said committing to the order means that “being rooted somewhere is only as long as your assignment.” Other brothers have traveled everywhere from Nigeria to Bolivia to Rome.

But Lowman said the opportunity is a “life-changing event to serve God and serve people in a beautiful way.”

He said he intends to keep in contact with his friends and family and stop by Elkhart whenever he can.

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