- Milann H. Siegfried, Chair
- Don R. Berschback, Vice-Chair
- Mark S. Hacker, Vice-Chair
- Wayne Klasing, Vice-Chair
- Rev. Thomas R. McCarthy, O.S.A., Vice-Chair
- Patrick O'Connor, Vice-Chair
- Patrick J. Ormsby, Vice-Chair
- Rev. Robert Prevost, O.S.A., J.C.D., Vice-Chair
- Alan B. Ross, Vice-Chair
- Very Rev. Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A., Ph.D., Vice-Chair
- Rev. R. William Sullivan, O.S.A., Vice-Chair
Milann H. Siegfried, Chair
Board of Directors, NORDAM
Milann H. Siegfried is no stranger to the Augustinians or to philanthropy. In addition to serving on the Board of Nordam Corporation, she is a Registered Nurse and community volunteer. She, and her late husband Ray, are Affiliates of the Augustinian Order. Milann served as the first woman Chair of the Board of the Augustinians’ Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa. She has also served on or headed Boards of many prominent institutions, including: the Tulsa Philharmonic, Tulsa Opera, Foundation for Excellence, the American Academy of Physician and Patient, the National Committee for the Performing Arts, the Philbrook Art Museum, University of Portland (Oregon), St. John Medical Center (Tulsa), the University of Tulsa, the National Review Board (appointed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops), the St. John Medical Center, the Eisenhower Medical Center- California, the Footsteps Committee for the Order of Holy Cross Priests, the Papal Foundation, and the ALS Advisory Committee of the Judith and Jean Pape Adams Charitable Foundation.
“The Augustinians have been a part of my family beginning with my high school years. My brothers attended Cascia Hall, all six of my children graduated from the school my husband graduated from and now the fourth generation is attending Cascia Hall in Tulsa. The Augustinians have been there for my family through the good times, such as engagements, marriages and births, but also during the challenges - heartaches, illness and death. Accepting the challenge to help raise funds for the education of men in formation and those men who are retired after serving so many, this is my way and my family’s way of saying thank you.”
Don R. Berschback, Vice-Chair
GROSSE POINTE PARK, MICHIGAN
Austin Catholic Preparatory School, Class of 1960
Parishioner of St. Clare of Montefalco Parish in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
Don Berschback is a prominent attorney in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. He a graduate of Austin Catholic High School and is a longstanding member of St. Clare of Montefalco Parish, where the Augustinians served for 87 years. Though he serves as City Attorney for Grosse Pointe Woods, Don also has an active practice in estate planning and trust administration. His wife Anne was a Co-Chair of the Augustinian Inaugural Gala in 2013. Don also is a member of the Province Advancement Council.
“From the time I began as an ‘office boy’ At St. Clare Church in 1954, through my four years at Austin High and continuing at St. Clare’s to the present day, the Augustinians have held a special place in my heart. The many priests who faithfully served at Austin and at St. Clare’s over many years provided valuable leadership, mentoring and spiritual nourishment to me and my extended family. In many ways I am today based, in large part, on the guidance I received from the Augustinian community.”
Mark S. Hacker, Vice-Chair
GLEN ELLYN, ILLINOIS
St. Rita of Cascia High School, Class of 1990
Villanova University, Class of 1994
Villanova University School of Law, Class of 1999
Mark Hacker is General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal & Government Affairs of Motorola Solutions, Inc., based just outside of Chicago. Mark is a member of the Province Advancement Council and a member of the Board of Directors of St. Rita of Cascia High School. Mark identified his top three charitable causes as supporting the Augustinians’ Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel, St. Rita of Cascia High School, and Villanova University.
“The Augustinians have had a profound and positive impact on my life. Whether it was during my formative days as a student at St. Rita High School, my college and law school years at Villanova University, my wedding at the Villanova Church or the baptisms of my children, the Augustinians have been there for my family and me at our most precious times, always providing guidance, support and love. Being part of this campaign is my way of saying thank you and helping to ensure that the Augustinian mission continues for generations to come.”
Wayne Klasing, Vice-Chair
NEW LENOX, ILLINOIS
Parishioner at St. Jude Parish in New Lenox, Illinois
Wayne is the Owner and Director of Klasing Industries which specialized in air brakes and hydraulics for railroad equipment. He inherited the business from his father, worked it for 35 years, and sold it in 2012. He is an engineer by degree and by training. Wayne divides his time between his home in his native Texas, just outside San Antonio and his home outside Chicago. He is Chairman of the Province Advancement Council and has served on the Board of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, for over 20 years. Wayne’s only child, his son, attended Providence Catholic High School; Providence awarded Wayne and his wife Barbara the Cor Unum Award in 2012, the highest honor the school gives. Wayne is a longtime parishioner of St. Jude Parish in the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois.
"I joined the efforts of the Continuing Our Journey of Faith campaign to help ensure that the good works of these dedicated men will continue for generations to come."
Rev. Thomas McCarthy, O.S.A., Vice-Chair
St. Rita of Cascia High School, Class of 1983
Villanova University, Class of 1987
Director of Vocations
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. Fr. Tom is also a member of the Provincial Council.
"My life was changed when I met the Augustinians in 1979 when I started at St. Rita High School. Everything I have done, am doing, or will do, is influenced by what I have learned from them. I am happy to follow in their footsteps."
Patrick O'Connor, Vice-Chair
PALOS HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS
St. Augustine High School Seminary, Class of 1970
Tolentine College, Class of 1973
Founder of Give Back Mission
Pat is retired the Senior Vice President Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. He is a graduate of both Augustinian seminaries in Holland, Michigan and Tolentine College in Olympia Fields, Illinois. He is also a leader in pulling together all Augustinian seminary alumni for the Province. His brother Fr. Michael O’Connor, O.S.A., oversees health care services/management for retired Augustinians. Pat’s other great philanthropic cause is the Illinois Special Olympics. He now also provides pro-bono Human Resources consulting services to non-profit organizations through his Give Back Mission.
"Fr. Michael O'Connor, O.S.A., has been an inspiration to me and my entire family. His influence allowed me to join the Augustinians and I attended St. Augustine Seminary H.S. and Tolentine College. Although I left the Augustinians, having been given the gifts of education and friendship, it is a great opportunity to give back to the Augustinians."
Patrick J. Ormsby, Vice-Chair
Mendel Catholic High School, Class of 1964
President, Bimba Manufacturing Co.
Pat is the President of Bimba Manufacturing, which has four plants and 600 employees. The company specializes in pneumatics and hydraulics for factory automation and manufacturing robotics. He was recently appointed to the Illinois Board of Manufacturing Association.
"I went to an Augustinian high school in Chicago, Mendel Catholic, as did my brothers. In my freshman year, my father died, and my tuition was paid by The Men's Club and the Augustinians for me and my younger brothers. The Augustinians at Mendel were role models of an important part of my formative years. Some of these men are in retirement and need financial support through the Midwest Province."
Most Rev. Robert Prevost, O.S.A., Vice-Chair
St. Augustine High School Seminary, Class of 1973
Villanova University, Class of 1977
Fr. Bob Prevost just recently completed his final term serving as the Prior General, the worldwide leader of the Augustinians headquartered in Rome. He will begin serving as the Director of Formation in January 2013.
"Over 40 years ago, when I first joined the Augustinians as a young seminarian, I had a sense that there was something about the Augustinian Order that I had not found elsewhere. Dedicated to serving the Church in so many different ministries and missions, lived out in and through common life, Augustinians are brothers and friends whose lives and witness truly make a difference. This campaign is one more way of continuing the mission, and I am happy to be a part of that."
Alan B. Ross, Vice-Chair
"A story reveals why I am working on this campaign. A few years ago we were introduced to a young man who was in the discernment process for the priesthood. He was visiting various dioceses and religious communities throughout the country. One major issue for him was how a commitment to the religious life would look like at the end of a lifetime of service. How lonely might it be? Would he be taken care of in his later years? How would the members of whatever community he might join relate to its older members? How would the laity relate to and treat the older religious? Sadly, in this case, the world lost a good servant.
This campaign has the dual focus of supporting formation as well as supporting our religious in their later years. It is our job to assure that the Augustinian will never run the risk of losing a good man when he looks at how his later years might unfold."
Very Rev. Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A., Ph. D., Vice-Chair
Prior Provincial of the Augustinian Midwest Province
Fr. Bernie has served as Prior Provincial since 2010; he 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.
“As I travel around the Province, I am privileged to hear the countless stories of how the Augustinians have had and continue to have a significant impact on the lives of people. I am committed to securing funds to care for those now in retirement who have given their lives in service to the Order and Church, and also for the education and formation of our young men joining us who are our future and will continue our mission to have a positive impact on the lives of future generations.”
Rev. R. William Sullivan, O.S.A., Vice-Chair
NEW LENOX, ILLINOIS
Mendel Catholic High School, Class of 1959
Villanova University, Class of 1964
Associate Pastor at St. Jude Parish, New Lenox, IL
Fr. Bill currently serves at St. Jude Parish in New Lenox, Illinois, of the Diocese of Joliet. He has served in the past at Mendel Catholic High School.
"I'm an Augustinian priest. I've been an Augustinian for 53 years [as of 2013]. This campaign will aid our sick and retired friars. Also the funds raised will also be used for our O.S.A. students. It ensures that older friars receive the care they deserve. The students are our future."
Augustinian Executive Committee
Rev. James "Jim" Friedel, O.S.A., D. Min.
“My ordination remembrance card contains a quote from the prophet Micah, ‘This is what God asks of you, only this: To act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God.’ I am grateful to my family and friends, my fellow Augustinians, those grand men: Fr. Jimmy Lyne, O.S.A., Fr. Ray Ryan, O.S.A., Fr. Ted Tack, O.S.A., Fr. Jack Gavin, O.S.A., and the men with whom I now live for showing me how this is done.”
Rev. Richard McGrath, O.S.A., Ph.D.
“Our future is something like the coming of Spring: Young men of good hearts are seeking lives of service, showing us new life and growth. This campaign will enable the Augustinians to provide excellent educations to them, just as we have for generations of graduates of our schools. In addition we are providing wonderful care for those men who have lived lives of giving of themselves to advance the mission of the Order and the Church.”
Rev. John Merkelis, O.S.A.
“Since attending St. Augustine Seminary H.S. in 1970, I have grown up with the Augustinians. They are my family. I am blessed to share my life not only with my professed brothers, but with the wider Augustinian Family that I have met in parishes, schools, missions and special ministries. We truly are one mind, one heart on the way to God.”