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The Midwest Augustinian is the quarterly newsletter published by the Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel.  The newsletter includes interviews with the Augustinians and supporters, updates and news briefs about our parishes, schools, and missions, and progress reports relating to our vocations and fundraising efforts.

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If you would like to receive a hard copy of the publication in the mail, please click here to email Mary Gal Carroll, Advancement Associate or call her at 773-595-4008.


Winter 2017

  • Meet the 2017 Gala Honorees
  • The Rise in Augustinian Vocations
  • Diaconate Ordinations
  • Building an Augustinian school in Trujillo, Peru

Summer/Fall 2016

  • The Men of Heart Issue:  A Summer of Hope
  • Augustinian Youth Encounter in the Czech Republic
  • Fr. Pizzo's Speech at United Nations
  • Annual Report for 2015-2016

Spring 2016

  • Remembering Bishop John McNabb, O.S.A.
  • Most Successful Gala Yet!
  • Continuing Our Journey of Faith Reaches 101% of Goal!
  • Meet Our Augustinians in Formation

Fall 2015/Winter 2016

  • 12 Spiritual Books You Should Read By Fr. John Flynn, O.S.A.
  • Augustinian Missions in Peru:  Saint Rita Cafeteria for Needy Students
  • Congratulations to the Newly Ordained!
  • Augustinian Gala 2016 Honorees

Summer 2015

  • Four Men Profess First Vows
  • Friars' Reflections on the Year of Consecrated Life
  • 2016 Augustinian Gala Co-Chairs
  • Continuing Our Journey of Faith Campaign Raises Over $3,000,000

Spring 2015

  • Announcing 19 Individuals with Highest Augustinian Honor
  • You Made Our Gala Wonderful!
  • Worldwide Leader of Augustinians Visits Our Communities
  • My Ministry as an Augustinian:  Fr. Jim Halstead, O.S.A.

Winter 2015

  • Pope Francis Appoints Robert Prevost, O.S.A., Bishop in Peru
  • Fr. Merkelis Named Vicar Provincial
  • Augustinian Gala 2015:  Fr. Pizzo, Dn. Foody, and Fr. Ryan
  • GT Bynum Joins Advancement Council
  • Canadian Shrine Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Fall 2014

  • Frs. David Brecht, O.S.A., and John Flaherty, O.S.A., Enter Eternal Life
  • Announcing 2015 Augustinian Gala Honorees
  • "Are the Augustinians Still Relevant?" Interviews
  • "Marked for Life" Testimonials

Summer 2014

  • "Marked for Life" by Fr. Bernie Scianna, O.S.A.
  • Living Biographies of Fathers Henry Maibusch, O.S.A., and Leo Cameron, O.S.A.
  • Historical Perspective by Fr. David Brecht, O.S.A.
  • "Celebrating and Renewing Our Journey of Faith" - 50 Years in Peru!

Spring 2014

  • A Closer Look at the Continuing Our Journey of Faith Campaign
  • Memorializing Fr. Ray Ryan, O.S.A. by Fr. Bill Sullivan, O.S.A.
  • Two Augustinians Ordained in Peru
  • Photos from the Augustinian Gala
  • Fr. Rich Young, O.S.A., Professes Solemn Vows

Winter 2014

  • Fr. Bernie Scianna, O.S.A. Re-Elected as Prior Provincial:  An Interview with Fr. Bernie Scianna, O.S.A.
  • "Missions in Peru Near Toward Independence"
  • "Call to Action:  The Continuing Our Journey of Faith Capital Campaign" by Fr. Robert Prevost, O.S.A.
  • "The 3's of Our Fundraising" by Michael Gerrity

Fall 2013

  • "General Chapter Report"
  • "2014 Gala Honorees"
  • "Three Augustinians Profess Their First Vows"
  • "How I Found the Augustinians" by Brother Joe Ruiz, O.S.A.
  • "Interview with Fr. John Tyma, O.S.A." by Nicholas Mullarkey
  • "Interview with Fr. Dan Hartigan, O.S.A." by Jeff Raths
  • "Our Captive Lord of Ayabaca, Peru:  A Living Experience of Faith"

Summer 2013

  • "Two Augustinians Ordained Priests"
  • "How I Found the Augustinians" by Rev. Homero Sánchez, O.S.A."
  • "Inaugural Gala a Success!"
  • "Gala Major Sponsor's Remarks" by Hon. Francis Rooney
  • "Celebrating Our Mother Mary and St. Isidore in Peru" by Rev. Wilder Vásquez, O.S.A."
  • "Social Outreach at St. Rita Parish in Chicago" interview with Rev. Tony Pizzo, O.S.A.

Spring 2013

  • "Remembering Fr. Ted Tack, O.S.A." by Most Rev. Robert F. Prevost, O.S.A.
  • "Cardinal of Toronto Honors Augustinians" by Brother Paul Koscielniak, O.S.A.
  • "How I Found the Augustinians" by Rev. Richard A. Young, O.S.A.
  • "Sacraments for Special Needs Children in Peru" by Rev. John Lydon, O.S.A.
  • "St. Augustine High School Opening in Trujillo, Peru" by Very Rev. Fidel Alvarado, O.S.A."
  • "Retreat Ministry Provides Spiritual Rejuvenation" by Rev. Terry Deffenbaugh, O.S.A.


Winter 2013

  • "How I Found the Augustinians" by Deacon David Miller
  • "Augustinian Missions:  Celebrating 50 Years in Peru" by Bishop John C. McNabb, O.S.A.
  • "FANA:  The Federation of Augustinians of North America" by Kitty Sheridan
  • "Living Biographies:  Rev. Jerry Knies, O.S.A." by Bernard Cissell

Fall 2012

  • "How I Found the Augustinians" by Brother Richie Mercado, O.S.A.
  • "My Pastoral Year in Peru" by Brother Robert Basler, O.S.A.
  • "Living Biographies:  Rev. Ted Tack, O.S.A. and Rev. John Gaffney, O.S.A." by Brother Stephen Isley, O.S.A.

Summmer 2012

  • "A Dream Come True" by Bishop Daniel T. Turley, O.S.A.
  • "How I Found the Augustinians" by Brother Stephen Isley, O.S.A.
  • "AVI:  Inspiring Truth, Unity, and Love in Today's Youth" by Patrick T. Murphy
  • Where are the Midwest Augustinians serving the Global Church?

Spring 2012

  • “The Fruits of Nearly 50 Years in Mission: My First Glimpse of Peru” by Michael Gerrity
  • “Leading by Example: The Augustinian Community of Lemont, IL” by Patrick T Murphy
  • "How I Found the Augustinians" by Bernard Cissell