On April 25, 2015, the Midwest Augustinians will affiliate eight new members to the religious order. Affiliation is the highest honor a layperson may receive in the Augustinian Order; the honor is canonically recognized by the Augustinian Curia in Rome. We invite others to join in affiliating:
- Deacon David and Maria Andrade
- Frank Caldarone
- Sr. Ardis Cloutier, O.S.F.
- Chuck Engvall
- Deacon Jim Foody, M.D.
- Michael Heeney
- Letitia Olinger
The affiliations will take place at the Midwest Augustinians' Diamond Jubilee Opening Mass on April 25, 2015. The Midwest Augustinians' "Diamond Jubilee" is a year-long celebration marking 75 years as the order's Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel, which operates local parishes and schools in the Midwestern United States, Canada, and Northern Peru. The Mass will celebrated by the worldwide leader of the Augustinian Order, the Most Rev. Alejandro Moral Antón, O.S.A., who will be visiting from Rome for the event.
The Diamond Jubilee Opening Mass follows the third annual Augustinian Gala, which will be held at the Drake Hotel in Chicago the preceding evening. The gala will honor Fr. Tony Pizzo, O.S.A.; and Deacon Jim Foody, M.D. The gala will also have a special "Diamond Jubilee" remembrance for the late Fr. Ray Ryan, O.S.A.
Affiliation of the Faithful to the Order
Definition According to the Augustinian Constitution
The Order has the faculty of affiliating to itself the faithful who merit special recognition because their distinguished cooperation for the good of the Order. By reason of this affiliation they belong to the Augustinian Family and share in all the spiritual benefits of the Order. All the friars, in their heart and actions, are to show their gratitude to all those who are affiliated. Affiliation is granted by the Prior General on his own initiative or upon the request of any community of the Augustinian Family. The certificate of affiliation should be granted with some solemnity. The parents of friars and sisters of solemn vows are considered affiliated to the Order from the very day of solemn profession. The Prior General can grant this affiliation to the parents of the brothers and sisters of aggregated Congregations if the Generals of these Congregations ask for it. If opportune, other expressions of honor or gratitude can also be conferred.
Edited March 23, 2015.