"The Counselors have the duty of assisting the Prior Provincial in the governance of the Province by their prudent advice and energetic work. Together with the Prior Provincial they constitute the Council of the Province."
- The Constitutions of the Augustinian Order
Very Rev. Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A., Ph.D., Prior Provincial
Fr. Bernie has served as Prior Provincial since 2010, and was re-elected to the position in 2014. He also currently leads the Federation of Augustinians of North America, or FANA. Fr. Bernie graduated from St. Rita High School in 1983 and Villanova University in 1987. He has served as Headmaster of Cascia Hall in Tulsa for thirteen years.
Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel
5401 S. Cornell Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615
Rev. Thomas R. McCarthy, O.S.A., First Counselor
Fr. Tom is an Augustinian friar that currently serves as the Director of Augustinian Vocations for both the Midwest and Eastern Provinces. As a 1983 graduate of St. Rita High School in Chicago, he has also served as the President of the high school for many years and now acts as its Chairman of the Board and School Chaplain. Fr. Tom is especially known for his motivational parish missions that he offers around Chicago-land and the rest of the U.S.
St. Rita of Cascia High School
7740 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60620-5867
office: 773-776-3044 (Vocations-Chicago)
Rev. R. William Sullivan, O.S.A., Third Counselor
Fr. Bill currently serves at St. Jude Parish in New Lenox, Illinois, of the Diocese of Joliet. He has served in the past at St. Clare of Montefalco Parish in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, and his alma mater, Mendel Catholic High School, in Chicago. He is also a graduate of Villanova University. He has spent many years as an Augustinian formator for multiple levels of formation.
St. Jude Parish
241 West 2nd Avenue
New Lenox, IL 60451-1724
Rev. John D. Merkelis, O.S.A., Fourth Counselor/Vicar Provincial
Father "Merk" currently serves as the Province Personnel Director and is assigned to the Augustinian community at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Illinois. He also serves as the Victim Abuse Coordinator for the Province. Father Merk is a graduate of St. Augustine Seminary High School in Holland, Michigan.
Providence Catholic High School
1800 W. Lincoln Hwy.
New Lenox, IL 60451-1693
home: 815-485-6880 ext. 17
Brother Thomas P. Taylor, O.S.A., Province Secretary
Brother Tom has served at multiple Augustinian institutions including Mendel Catholic High School in Chicago, St. Clare of Montefalco Parish in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. He has spent many of the past few years as the Secretary of the Province. He holds a Master's Degree in Foreign Languages. He graduated from Austin Catholic High School in Detroit, Michigan.
St. Augustine Friary
5413 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615-5603
home: 773-358-6500 ext. 201