St. Andrew was one of the twelve apostles called by Jesus himself. The special mission of the apostles was laying the foundation of the Christian Faith with the help of the Holy Spirit. The other eleven were: Peter, James, John, Philip, Judas Thaddeus, Bartholomew, Thomas, James the Less, Matthew, Simon, and Judas Iscariot (who was replaced by Matthias).
In Greek, the name Andrew has a connotation with the word ‘courage’ and being ‘manly’. Andrew was a simple fisherman, but it seems that he had good social skills and that he was a man of action. He was the brother of Peter, and he was the first follower of Jesus. He is referred to as the ‘First Called Apostle’, answering immediately to the call of Jesus, “Follow me”. He was also the first disciple to call Jesus “The Messiah.”
Before following Jesus, he was a disciple of John the Baptist, until John the Baptist himself pointed out Jesus as the One people should follow.
One finds instances in the Gospel where Andrew is mentioned by name:
Andrew and Philip bring a number of Greeks to talk to Jesus- Consider looking up these instances from John’s Gospel or from a Children’s Bible. Andrew was a disciple who followed Jesus for the rest of his life. A disciple is someone who promises to be a learner and continues to imitate the person he follows. In the case of the Apostles it was Jesus who chose them and they continued to follow Him!
This fisherman, brother of St. Peter, was the first Apostle that started following Jesus. In fact the name Andrew in Greek means ‘’The first called”.