Solemn Vows is listed as the 7th Step in our 9 Steps of Augustinian Formation. But solemn vows are so much more than that. Solemn vows are a commitment to live the remainder of a man's life for Jesus, and in Jesus, together with the Augustinian Friars.
This video documents the public profession of solemn vows of two Augustinian Brothers: Joseph Aloysius Murray, O.S.A.; and Bienvenido Rodriguez, O.S.A. It also documents two different vocational callings, even though both are perpetually professed members of the Augustinian Order.
Two Men. Two Different Augustinian Vocations.
Remember when we said that professing solemn vows was Step 7? That means Brother Murray has two more steps before he becomes an Augustinian Priest: Ordination to the Diaconate (Step 8) and Ordination to the Priesthood (Step 9). He anticipates being ordained a transitional deacon on January 2, 2016 at St. Rita of Cascia Parish in Chicago.
By professing his solemn vows, Brother Rodriguez fulfills his vocational calling to religious brotherhood. For him, there's no need to continue on Steps 8 and 9. He will be assigned to an Augustinian ministry just as Brother Murray will. Both men will live in Community with their fellow Augustinians.
We're All Called.
We're all called to some kind of vocation to serving God and His people. Some are called to married life. Some are called to the single life. Some are called to the priesthood, and some are called to the religious way of life. We may hear our callings more clearly through prayer and through conversations with loved ones and vocations directors. And sometimes, we just have to take a chance and go for it. For it is through these experiences that we learn more about what God's plan is for us. Brothers Murray and Rodriguez took this chance, and after years of formation, have made perpetual vows to serve Christ and His people with the Augustinians.