What Are You Doing this August 28?

Got big plans for this upcoming Sunday, August 28?  Well, the Augustinians - and the greater Catholic Church - will be celebrating the Feast of Saint Augustine that day.  And stay tuned because we'll be sending out an email to celebrate his feast day, too!

But August 28 will mean so much more for two men specifically:  Brothers Stephen Isley, O.S.A.; and Joe Ruiz, O.S.A.  Why?  This is the day that both men will profess their solemn vows as Augustinians!

Brother Stephen Isley, O.S.A. (left); and Brother Joe Ruiz, O.S.A. (right) with the Augustinian Provincial of the Midwest, the Very Rev. Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A., Ph.D.

What does that mean?  What are solemn vows?

Solemn vows - sometimes called perpetual vows - are the 7th Step in our 9 Steps of Augustinian Formation.  Our formation plan says, “Solemn profession is an unconditional commitment to God and the Church, to the Order and to the men and women of our time.”

By solemnly professing vows as Augustinians, they are committing their lives to the Augustinian Order.  For those with vocations to the Augustinian lay brotherhood - like Brother Joe Ruiz, O.S.A. - this is where men in formation will enter active ministry in our schools, parishes, or missions.  For others with vocations to the priesthood - like Brother Stephen Isley, O.S.A. - they will then prepare for ordinations to the diaconate and priesthood over the course of the coming year.


Would You Join Us?

If you'll be around Chicago at the time, we'd love to meet you!  We'll be celebrating the Feast of Saint Augustine while witnessing these two men solemnly profess their vows at the Saint Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel in Chicago.  Mass will be at 4:00pm with a dinner to follow.

Come say hi!  Join us!


Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy has been working with the Augustinians in fundraising and communications since 2010. He began working with the Augustinian Vocations office in 2015. He also holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management.

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