• Beyond the parishes served in Canada and Peru, the Augustinians presently serve as pastors in eight parishes:  Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Edwardsburg, Michigan; Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Homer Glen, Illinois; Saint Ann Parish in Cassopolis, Michigan; Saint Jude Parish in New Lenox, Illinois; Saint Gabriel Parish in Chicago, Illinois; Saint Rita of Cascia Parish in Chicago; Saint Rita of Cascia Parish in Racine, Wisconsin; and Saint Turibius Parish in Chicago.

 

  • Saint Ann in Cassopolis is the newest pastoral responsibility taken on by an Augustinian. Father Joe McCormick, O.S.A., who has already been serving as the pastor of the nearby Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Edwardsburg, agreed to serve as the canonical pastor at the request of the Bishop of Kalamazoo.

 

  • We extend our gratitude to Father John Ohner, O.S.A., who has served faithfully as the pastor of Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish for the past ten years.  Father Joseph Broudou, O.S.A., has been named as the parish's third pastor.

 

  • Saint Jude Parish is presently the largest parish served by the Midwest Augustinians with approximately 4,800 registered families.  One of our recently professed vocations, Br. Sam Joutras, O.S.A., came from this parish community.  The parish also welcomed its newest associate pastor this year, Father Robert Basler, O.S.A.

 

  • Earlier this year, the Augustinians committed to continue serving at Saint Rita of Cascia Parish in Racine, Wisconsin, until at least 2021.  This agreement was made between the Federation of Augustinians of North America (FANA) and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  This allows us to continue to serve the people of Racine and also maintain our Augustinian novitiate on the parish grounds.  In the future, we may need to install a new elevator at the novitiate to help accommodate elder friars of the community.

 

  • Father Tony Pizzo, O.S.A., has been lauded in the Archdiocese of Chicago and beyond for his continued work with immigration issues and other social justice projects associated with Saint Rita of Cascia Parish.  His work was recognized earlier this year in a speech delivered at the United Nations.

 

  • After 90 years of service, the Augustinians celebrated a final farewell Mass on July 23 at Saint Matthew Parish in Flint, Michigan.  With the retirement of Father Fred Taggart, O.S.A., as Pastor in 2015, the parish was placed back into the pastoral care of the Diocese of Lansing.  While these departures are never for the Augustinians, the Province always needs to reshape where it serves geographically.  In the past few years, we have been able to serve two other parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago thanks to this "reshaping."  Father Bill Lego, O.S.A., has been serving as the pastor of the multicultural Saint Turibius Parish, a parish that offers Masses in English, Polish, and Spanish.  Father Tom Griffin, O.S.A., has also been serving as the pastor of St. Gabe's in Chicago; the parish is scheduled to conduct its first fundraising appeal specifically for the Augustinians in 2017.