On August 28, 2016, the Feast of Saint Augustine, Brothers Stephen Isley, O.S.A.; and Joe Ruiz, O.S.A.; solemnly professed their perpetual vows in the Augustinian Order. Their professions took place at Saint Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel in Chicago and were presided by the Very Reverend Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A., Ph.D.
As he is called to serve as a religious brother, Brother Joe now completes his initial formation with the Augustinians. He has begun his first active ministry following his solemn profession by serving in Campus Ministry at the Augustinians' St. Rita of Cascia High School in Chicago. Brother Stephen Isley, O.S.A., continues his formation, as he seeks to enter the priesthood in 2017.