Such an activity took place at St Kieran’s Church in the suburb of Manly Vale in Sydney, Australia on Sunday, 1st February 2015 for five young men. Three of them pronounced the First (temporary) Vows as members of the Australasian Province of the Order of Saint Augustine in the Roman Catholic Church, and two others took the step of changing their previous vows from being First (temporary) Vows to becoming Solemn (permanent) Vows.
This ceremony of Religious Profession has taken place in various forms throughout the history of Christianity. On this occasion the ceremony was led by Fr Dave Austin OSA in his capacity as the Prior Provincial (leader) in Australia of the international Augustinian Order that has been functioning in this way since the year 1256. He accepted the vows of these young men to live in Augustinian community according to the Augustinian Constitutions and the requirements of the Roman Catholic Church, as underpinned by the Scriptural idea that appears in the Acts of the Apostles.
Before making these vows it is required that a candidate fulfil preparatory times of preparation, instruction and supervision. All five of them began with a period of “live in” postulancy, and then a year of novitiate in which these vows particularly are explained in detail. The three young men who took First (temporary) Vows on 1st February have just recently finished their novitiate year and now look ahead to renewing their vows annually for the next three years.
The two young men who took Solemn (permanent) Vows on 1st February have reached the end of their phase of temporary vows and have now chosen to make their vows permanently. Both of these men are seeking priesthood within the Roman Catholic Church, and with this goal in mind have already begun the years of study the Church requires before priesthood is received.