• Our Province's "Covenant of Care" program is still a priority.  The program emphasizes that friars will be kept in a religious community as long as possible, keeping true to the charism of the Augustinians.  Retired friars live in active communities where the Augustinians presently minister in schools and parishes.

 

  • When friars need more care, most move to the Blessed Stephen Bellesini Friary in Crown Point, Indiana, where they can remain in a community of Augustinian friars and enjoy the facilities of Saint Anthony Home.  Saint Anthony is a Catholic retirement community sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago; the facility offers all the necessary levels of medical care for the friars.

 

  • There are presently 24 total friars in full retirement in our Midwest Province with an additional 13 friars in "semi-retirement."  Friars in semi-retirement may assist in residence at our parishes, as priors of our communities, or other part-time ministries that might earn modest salaries for the Province.

 

  • Among our retired friars, 16 of them are members of the Blessed Stephen Bellesini Friary at Saint Anthony Home in Crown Point, Indiana.  Due to varying circumstances, one friar receives care at Mercy Circle in Chicago, and another friar receives care at Montereau in Tulsa.  All others remain members of our "active" communities in our schools and parishes.