Richard Gerald Cannuli, was born on February 2, 1947, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the only child of Anthony Cannuli and Marianna Naimoli. He was baptized on March 23, 1947 at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, Philadelphia, and attended Saint Thomas Aquinas Grade School and Bishop Neumann High School. He entered the Augustinian Formation Program for Lay Brothers in New Hamburg, New York, on September 8, 1967, and following his pre-novitiate formation, he was received as a novice on August 27, 1969.
Anthony Michael Genovese was born on October 27, 1946, on Staten Island, New York, the son of Anthony Genovese and Margaret McCloskey, and was baptized there on November 10, 1946, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. He attended the Academy of Saint Dorothy from 1950 to 1954, and Saint Anne Parish School, from 1954 to 1959.