Friar commitment: Profile of Brother Joe Ruiz, O.S.A
Seeing a group of dedicated, faith-filled, and hopeful men living together in an ancient but modern way of life.
How did your family and friends respond to you becoming a brother?
My family and most of my friends do not fully understand my vocation to religious life, and I do not expect them to. I am OK with that. My vocation is a mystery, and it keeps them intrigued.
Favorite part of your current ministry?
Being invited by theology teachers to speak to students about Saint Augustine’s Confessions and about my own vocation as a brother.
Prayer form you like best?
Reflecting on daily sacred scripture and journaling.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy hiking. I also enjoy hanging out with my Augustinian brothers as well as with friends from other religious communities. They give me a sense of connection and belonging.
Best part of living in community?
Doing and sharing ministry, whether it’s shoveling the Chicago snow together or contributing to one another’s ministries in Augustinian schools or parishes.
Any words of wisdom for those considering religious life?
Pay attention to the events and people that enter your life. God speaks to us through those means; this is how I came to respond to God’s call in my life.
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