On August 27, 2015, the Augustinians celebrated the Feasts of St. Augustine and St. Monica at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. The Augustinians marked the feast day while celebrating the 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee of their Midwest Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel and the Year of Consecrated Life. During the Mass, Brother Richie Mercado, O.S.A., professed his solemn vows in the Order of Saint Augustine. The Augustinians also honored this year's Jubilarians: Bishop John McNabb, O.S.A.; Fr. Jerry Knies, O.S.A.; Fr. Richard McGrath, O.S.A., Ph.D.; Fr. John Ohner, O.S.A.; and Brother Jerome Sysko, O.S.A. Fr. Alfred Burke, O.S.A., an Augustinian missionary to Japan of 54 years, was a special guest of the event.
Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago was the Main Celebrant and Homilist. Principal Concelebrants included the Very Rev. Joseph Farrell, O.S.A., S.T.D.; the Very Rev. Michael F. DiGregorio, O.S.A; the Very Rev. Kevin C. Mullins, O.S.A.; and the Very Rev. Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A., Ph.D. Prior to the Mass, Fathers Joseph Farrell, O.S.A.; Tom McCarthy, O.S.A.; and Brothers Richie Mercado, O.S.A.; and Jack Hibbard, O.S.A.; offered personal witnesses on the Year of Consecrated Life.
The Midwest Augustinians are a part of the Catholic Order of St. Augustine, known as the Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel. Our community life shapes our service in schools, parishes and missions. Our ministries span from the Midwestern United States to parts of Canada and northern Peru.