• Saint Rita of Cascia High School restructured its leadership model this past year. The school is now led by Father Paul Galetto, O.S.A., Ph.D., as the new Head of School and Chief Executive Officer, while Mr. Mike Zunica serves as the school’s President and Chief Advancement Officer. Father Galetto most recently served as the Assistant Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University and the President of Saint Augustine Preparatory School in Richland, New Jersey. Now having completed their initial formation, two other Augustinians have been assigned to Saint Rita as their first “active” ministries. Father Richie Mercado, O.S.A., serves as the school’s Chaplain and Director of Augustinian Mission; Brother Joe Ruiz, O.S.A., now teaches Theology at the school. With increased Augustinian presence at the school and a new leadership team in place, the school is poised is to offer a rewarding Catholic education to young men across the South Side of Chicago.

 

  • This past year, Cascia Hall has announced that Mr. Todd Goldsmith would be named the new principal of the middle school. He comes to Cascia having previously served as the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Tulsa from 2002 to 2012 and as president of Aquinas Catholic Schools in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, from 2012 to 2016. Brother Nick Mullarkey, O.S.A., has been assigned to teach theology at the school for his pastoral year, a stage in his formation process to become a solemnly professed Augustinian. A group of students is also set to volunteer in our Peruvian missions in early 2017.

 

  • This past June, Richie Mercado, O.S.A., became the newest friar ordained to the priesthood for the Midwest Province.  We anticipate that Brother Stephen Isley, O.S.A., will be ordained a priest in the summer of 2017.

 

  • Providence Catholic High School is the largest secondary school served by the Augustinians. This past school year, its graduates earned scholarships valued at nearly $30 million. The class of 2016 performed over 100,000 hours of community service in their time at Providence. The school holds 30 state championship titles, making it the most among private high schools in the State of Illinois.