Fr. Tom McCarthy, OSA, was appointed the new Vocations Director for the Midwest Province. Fr. Richie Mercado, OSA, will continue to serve as the Secretary for the Province.
The Federation of Augustinians of North America (FANA) held their Annual Formation Gathering at Villanova University over the first four days of August. The Gathering brings together men in all stages of initial formation as well as those within their first five years of solemn vows and/or priesthood.
David Relstab, of the Midwest Province received has received his white habit and entered into his yearlong novitiate. David, a native Palos Hills, IL, will be joined by Ramon Riesgo of the California Province.
On August 15 the new Augustinian Novitiate house was inaugurated. The Old Radnor Mansion in Radnor, PA was gifted to the Augustinians by James and Mary Colleran. The mansion has been re-purposed as the novitiate for three friars and four to six novices.
On October 21, the Midwest Augustinian friars will gather for a day of continuing education by Praesidium Inc. The gathering will have a focus on the care of minors and vulnerable adults.
Colegio San Agustin, founded by the Vicariate in 2013, has made progress over the year in its construction of a new campus; the first building of classrooms will be completed and ready for the academic year which starts in March, 2020. Click here to view photos taken by Fr. John Lydon, OSA of the progress.
Augustinian Parish News
Fr. Homero Sanchez’s Installation Mass as Pastor of St. Rita of Cascia Parish will be on Sunday, October 27 at 11:00am. The Mass will be a bilingual (English and Spanish) service. All are invited.
St. Rita of Cascia Parish is having their Fiesta Mexicana from September 7 (from noon until 9:00pm) to 8 (from 9:00am until 9:00pm). It has become a great annual event for both the neighborhood and parish. It is two days of fun, good music and great food! All are welcome!
St. Rita of Cascia Parish is also in the middle of the "Renew My Church" process in the Archdiocese of Chicago:
Renew My Church is a faithful response to Christ’s call to renew His Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago; it is a journey that is both spiritual (to re-encounter Jesus Christ as disciples and parish communities) and structural (to ensure our parishes have adequate resources for vitality). Through Renew My Church initiatives, the Archdiocese will re-commit our local Church to our gospel commission to make disciples, build vital communities of faith and inspire witness to bring the light and hope of Christ to a world in need. One initiative of Renew My Church is focused on increasing the vitality of our local communities. Cardinal Cupich has asked our parish to come together with the other parishes in our grouping to start a process of reflection, discernment, and planning to consider how we can collaborate and combine resources so that we are better equipped to bring Jesus Christ to the world today. Our grouping is with 4 other neighboring parishes: St. Clare of Montefalco, St. Gall, St. Simon, and St. Basil/Visitation. We are currently in the middle of our discernment process and a decision will not be known until December or January.
St. Turibius Parish’s Festival that took place on August 17 was a great success! Thank you to everyone who attended!
St. Turibius has started Religious Education registration.
You can now watch homilies from the priests at St. Turibius via youtube. Please click here to visit their channel.
Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish will be resuming bible study on Tuesday, September at 7:00pm.
Religious Education will begin in September and classes will take place Wednesdays from 6:00pm until 7:30pm at Homer Junior High. For more information, please call (708) 301-0214.
Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish has a partnership with the Society of St. Vincent DePaul. They will be doing a donation pick-up between September 7 and 8. Fore more information, please call the parish. Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish hosts a Food Collection the first weekend of every month. All food donations are given to the Lockport Fish Pantry.