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Tolle Lege! The St. Rita of Cascia High School Magazine

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Featured Stories Athletics continue to shine as the class of the CCL Page 6

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70 years of St. Rita’s History comes together for an unforgettable night Page 9

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St. Rita loses Mike Maione as they tell his story in the play, Tooty’s Corner Page 10


St. Rita of Cascia High School Administration President Mr. Ernest J. Mrozek '71 Principal Mr. Brendan J. Conroy Director of Augustinian Mission Fr. Rich Young, O.S.A. '82 Chairman of the Board/School Chaplain Fr. Tom McCarthy, O.S.A. '83

Office of Institutional Advancement Director of Institutional Advancement Mr. Thomas J. Ramsden

Director of Major Gifts Mr. John Schmitt '84

Director of Alumni Relations Mr. Ed Leiser '04

Director of Constituent Relations Mr. Bill Heaney '05

Administrative Assistant Mrs. Trish A. Harrington

Board of Directors

Mr. James J. Brasher '71 Mr. Nicholas A. Calarco '73 Mr. Sean J. Carney '74 Mr. Michael Clarke '75 Fr. Philip Cook O.S.A., Ex-officio Mr. Paul Dachota '84 Mr. James Gagnard '64 Mr. Thomas J. Healy '83 Mr. David S. Howicz Mr. Gregory J. Jania '89 Mr. Mark A. Kelly '84 Alderman Lona Lane, 18th Ward Mr. Timothy I. McArdle (Hon.) Rev. Thomas R. McCarthy, O.S.A. '83, Chairman Mr. Ernest J. Mrozek '71 Mr. Charles F. Nash '71 Mr. John O’Neill '79 The Honorable Noreen Daly Reilly Mr. Stephen M. Schaller '83 Very. Rev. Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A. '83, Ex-officio Mr. Charles A. Volpentesta Mr. Michael A. Wagner Mr. J. J. Wilczewski '92 Mr. Andrew Youpel

Emeriti Board of Directors Mr. Ronald M. Abramowicz '60 Mr. Anthony Colosimo '63 Mr. Patrick E. Mahoney '54 Mr. Michael J. McArdle '54 Mr. James C. Miller '47 Mr. Donald A. Petkus '58 Mr. Edward J. Schmit '63 Mr. Michael Schneider '46 Mr. Arthur R. Velasquez '56

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A Letter From The President

Dear Ritamen, Family and Friends,

We just completed our 108th school year, and my first as President of our beloved Alma Mater. It was a year of significant accomplishments, despite continuing challenges presented by the weak economy and the financial stress it has imposed on many current and prospective St. Rita families.

• Our 152 seniors were awarded, in aggregate, $12 million in college scholarships, with two thirds of our graduates receiving some form of academic grant. These amazing results are attributable to their hard work and the tremendous talent and dedication of our faculty and staff. • The breadth and success of our athletic program upheld our rich traditions, with extraordinary participation from our students. • Our Ritamen galvanized to serve and support a variety of worthy causes, including needy St. Rita families, cancer, diabetes, hunger and homelessness. • We enjoyed extensive use of our beautiful new McCarthy Center for Ritamen, and are finalizing exciting plans for the transformation of our library into a state of the art, technology-enabled research center.w “Family” is the most frequently and appropriately used term to describe what is unique about St. Rita, and being fully immersed in it again was my greatest personal privilege this past year. It includes teachers and staff who work tirelessly and at economic sacrifice in support of our mission. Parents who work extraordinarily hard to send their kids to St. Rita, and then contribute their time and talents in support of our efforts. Loyal and passionate alums whose interest and financial support make the St. Rita experience possible for a large number of deserving but needy young men. And most importantly, it includes our current students, who exemplify the spirit and values that make the rest of us proud to identify ourselves as Ritamen. We truly are part of a family that is “unlike any other.” My sincere thanks for your support. In my view, what St. Rita provides is needed by society more than ever, and we simply couldn’t make it work without you. God Bless and Go Mustangs! Ernie Mrozek ‘71 President

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Class of 2013

Augustana College Ave Maria University Benedictine University Bradley University Carthage College

Central Michigan University Columbia College DePaul University Eastern Illinois University Elmhurst College

Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois State University Illinois Wesleyan University Indiana State University Indiana University

-$11,239,989 earned Merit-Based College Scholarships -Averaged $75,000 in college scholarships per student     -11% Illinois State Scholars     -47% National Honor Society -19 Heeney Award Winners (Straight A students)   -30 Presidential Awards for Education Excellence  

North Central College Northern Illinois University Northwestern University Purdue University Quincy University

Robert Morris University Saint Joseph’s College Saint Xavier University Southern Illinois University St. Ambrose University

Iowa State University John Carroll University Lake Forest College Lewis University Loras College

Loyola University Marquette University Maryville University Merrimack College Michigan State University

-Wendy's High School Heisman National Winner -Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award Winner -Xerox Award for Innovation in Information Technology Award Winner -2 Congressional appointments to military  -2 Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Merit Award Winners    

St. John Fisher College The Illinois Institute of Art United States Naval Academy University of Chicago UIC

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign University of Iowa University of Kansas University of Missouri

University of Notre Dame Villanova University Western Illinois University Western Michigan Univeristy

Top 5 Students Of The Class of 2013 4. Brad Glazier Cardinal Joseph Bernadin Miami University at Ohio 4.82 GPA

2. Dennis Rutter Homer Jr. High Villanova University 4.89 GPA

1. Kevin Goosherst St. John Fisher Pepperdine University 4.91 GPA

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3. Jack Gardner Palos South Illinois Wesleyan University

5. Chris Sieradzki Noonan Academy Purdue University 4.79 GPA

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On Holy Thursday, members of the St Rita of Cascia High School band, their family, and friends departed for a 9 day journey to Italy. The first two nights were spent in Venice, where they toured the Doge’s Palace, saw a glass blowing demonstration at the Murano Glass Factory, and even took a Gondola ride in the rain. After making a lunch stop in Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower, the group journeyed to San Gimignano, the oldest Augustinian community in the world. Fr. Thomas McCarthy, chairman of the board at St. Rita, celebrated Easter Sunday mass at the Sant’Agostino monastery chapel. The band performed a rousing concert for the people of San Gimignano and the tourists. Next was the moment the group had been waiting for, a pilgrimage to Cascia, the home of St. Rita. They stayed two nights in Cascia and prayed by St. Rita’s incorrupt body in the Basilica. They also toured the convent where St. Rita was a nun. Fr. McCarthy was able to go into the room that St. Rita died in and place prayer intentions in her original coffin. The group was able to view the room where she received the stigmata, and also see her original wedding ring. They then loaded the buses and went to the neighboring town of Roccaporena, St. Rita’s birthplace. They were able to visit St. Rita’s childhood home, the miracle of the rose garden, and the church she was married in. Many of the group members also climbed the mountain where St. Rita used to go and pray. The band and ritanettes performed an outstanding concert for the people of Cascia, including the mayor and an Augustinian Bishop. Sophomore trombonist, Ruben Mercado, said “The freedom to roam around that small town in the mountains, and the spiritual experience made Cascia without a doubt my favorite stop on the trip.” The last two nights of the trip were spent in Rome. The first day was spent in Ancient Rome, visiting the Colosseum and Roman Forum. The next day was spent in Vatican City, touring the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. The group then went to the Augustinian world headquarters, located at St. Monica’s, which is right across the street from St. Peter’s Square. The group was met by Fr. Michael DiGregorio, the Assistant General for the Order of St. Augustine. He gave the group a tour of the grounds, including the rooftops where the Associated Press and NBC stayed for three weeks while covering the new pope. The rooftops overlook St. Peter’s Square and have a perfect view of the balcony that the pope comes out to greet everyone. Before leaving St. Monica’s, the group had a wonderful surprise visit by Fr. Robert Prevost, the Prior General of the Augustinian Order. Fr. Prevost is in charge of all the Augustinians around the world. The group, 90 in all, had their farewell dinner at the Hard Rock Café in Rome. After dinner, they walked down the Spanish Steps and over to the Trevi Fountain. Now that the gelato has been digested, and the jetlag is over, everyone can look back on a wonderful trip. At least that is the wish of band director, Cindy Gradek, “In organizing this trip, it was our intention to let everyone see as much as they could in a short amount of time. My hope is that the students will all make it back to Italy, and develop a love and appreciation for travel and all that this world has to offer.” On May 20, 2013, the St. Rita family lost one of our most famous alumni, Ray Manzarek. Ray is best known as the keyboardist and founding member of the rock group “The Doors.” The band sold over 100 million albums worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Throughout the years, Mr. Manzarek remained a loyal alumnus of St. Rita. In 1987, Ray was inducted into the St. Rita of Cascia High School Hall of Fame. In 2001, he performed The Doors hit “Light My Fire,” with the St. Rita jazz band, while they were touring California. During St. Rita’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2005, Ray and his band (including original “The Doors” guitarist, Robby Krieger) performed a concert on St. Rita’s baseball field. Whenever he was in town, Ray made it a point to connect with members of the St. Rita community. Ray Manzarek is survived by his wife of 45 years Dorothy, their son Pablo, and his brothers Rick and James.

St. Rita Band Enjoys Trip To Italy

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SPRING SPORTS

Head Coach Ryan Biros '02 and the Mustangs returned a strong lineup in 2013 After two straight trips to the Illinois State "Elite 8" Finals for volleyball, the Mustangs returned a strong lineup in 2013. The senior-laden Mustangs took 3rd place in the always-competitive Catholic League, while also placing third at the Richards High School tournament, one of the best in the state. The thirdplace finish at Richards was the Mustangs' best in 12 years of participating in the tournament. The Mustangs labored to a 16-16 overall record at the time of this release, as injuries reared their ugly head at key times. Junior standout Tim Dunleavy tore his ACL, while senior co-captain Kevin Banky missed a chunk of time nursing an injury as well. Despite the injuries, the Mustangs were able to knock off longtime rival Mt. Carmel twice during the regular season. Several Mustangs garnered All-Conference selection, including Banky, Dan O'Keefe, Tom McDermott, and Billy White. Other key contributions came from seniors Tom McCormick and C.J. Klimas, and junior Nick Spallina. Hopefully, when the regional and sectional titles are decided, the Mustangs will again be bound for the "Elite 8" at the state tournament.

The Track Team again enjoyed a strong year under Head Coach Tony Sosnowski '04. Several Mustangs were conference champions or placers on the Frosh-Soph level, including Brandon Gaston (who placed 1st in three events), Eric Walker, CJ Jones, Xavier Allen, Christian Campbell, Brandon Williams, Tom Schofield, and Tyler Johnson. The Varsity team enjoyed even more success, as junior standout Treston Forbes took 1st in the 200 Meter Dash, and 2nd in the 100 Meter Dash. Forbes' 200 Meter Dash time was among the best in the state of Illinois. Forbes teamed up with Xavier Allen, Christian Campbell, and Julian Crum to form the 4x100 and 4x200 Meter relay teams for St. Rita--both relay teams took home 2nd overall at the Chicago Catholic League Championship. Even better, none of the team members were seniors, and the unit should be even better in the coming years. Additionally, Eric Walker and Tyler Johnson placed in events at the CCL Championship. At the Sectional Meet, the 4x100 Meter Relay team (Allen, Campbell, Forbes, and Crum) punched their ticket downstate with a 2nd place finish. Treston Forbes continued to impress, as he won the 100 and 200 Meter dashes with blistering times. Julian Crum took 3rd overall in the 100 Meter. Congrats to Coach Sosnowski and his Running Mustangs Track Team!

Another season, another top-10-ranked baseball team at St. Rita High School. It should come as no surprise to anyone at this point, but Head Coach Mike Zunica has fielded another high quality team this spring. At the time of this writing, the Mustangs held an impressive 28-7 overall record, with wins over St. Laurence, Mt. Carmel, and others on their resume. In fact, the Mustangs, ranked No. 3 in the Chicago Sun-Times, trailed only their Catholic League Blue rivals St. Laurence and Mt. Carmel in the rankings. The CCL Blue has never been stronger, but the Mustangs never wavered or faltered this season. Led by junior southpaw and Austin Peay-bound Mike Costanzo, the Mustangs' pitching staff was a pleasant surprise. Seniors Dominic Fosco and Pat Henry formed a deep, three-man staff along with Costanzo, with junior Nick Goldsmith and junior Notre Dame-bound shortstop/pitcher Jake Shepski also contributing for St. Rita. You would be hard-pressed to find a more dangerous lineup one through nine, and the Mustangs' loaded offense gave its pitching ample run support all year long. Seniors Conor McLain, Anthony Ray, Pete Cozzi, Andrew Massey, Marty Napleton, Troy Payton, and others enjoyed great seasons. The junior class also picked up the pieces when needed, as catcher Nate Soria, Jake Drada, Chris Delgadillo, and sophomore Tyler Halas chipped in. The Mustangs were placed in a very tough sectional where all roads were leading to Mt. Carmel and/or St. Laurence, but St. Rita has the horses to make a run at another state tournament appearance. Good luck to the Mustangs! Also, the Lacrosse team had a very competitive season having a regular season record of 10-10. They advanced all the way into the IHSA Quarterfinal, losing to Grayslake Central. The Water Polo program enjoyed a competitve season under new head coach Sigfredo Cruz, as the future looks bright in the swimming pool. Within the spring sports season the Rugby and Tennis programs also enjoyed competitive campagins.

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St. Rita Family Raises over $15,000 for Children's Cancer Research

With each passing milestone, human lives— the lives of children with cancer—are being dramatically improved through the support of the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

The continued momentum of this effort relies on volunteers and has everything to do with one very small but powerful word. You. On March 15, St. Rita High School held its annual St. Baldrick's Day raising a grand total of $15,002.41 (as of Wednesday morning). More donations were still projected to come in early this week. In total, 110 students, faculty, staff, and parents volunteered to have their head shaved. Five barbers, including St. Rita's own Brother Jerome obliged by giving the shavees a fresh new haircut. While cancer research is the real winner on days like this, it was a few members of the St. Rita family that stood out. Freshmen, Vincent Mullen was the top participant raising over $1,500. The top faculty member was Thomas Berry who raised over $1,200. Two other students eclipsed the $1,000 mark; Andrew Gardner and Michael Polk.

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St. Rita Walks For Breast Cancer

Sunshine, mild temperatures and a spirit of community pride were all present this past Mothers’ Day morning as over 150 members of the St. Rita of Cascia High School Family participated in the 14th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk. The 5K walk through the streets of the historic Beverly Neighborhood benefits the programs and services provided by Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park through their new Comprehensive Breast Health Center Unifying under its motto of “Ritamen Wear Pink,” St. Rita team was comprised of students from all grade levels, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and friends. Participants of this year’s team led by captains, Mrs. Margie Hopkins, Registrar and Mothers’ Club Moderator, raised nearly $3000. “This was such a great opportunity for our young Ritamen and their families to show support for a cause that has affected so many women in the St. Rita Family,” said Hopkins. “It was truly a wonderful way to start Mothers’ Day and I could not have been happier than to walk alongside side our students and my own sons.” The walk was especially meaningful for Theology Teacher Mrs. Mary Misiora who encouraged her students to participate. “As a breast cancer survivor two years I wanted to get involved with the walk and asked my students if they would walk with me. One student replied that it would be his honor and in total about a third of my students ended up walking,” said Misiora.

In March six students from St. Rita High School, led by senior Brad Glazier, delivered over 1,172 pounds of food items to the Ronald McDonald Charity House to help supply the needy in the Chicagoland communities. In fact, 14 different schools took part in a challenge to donate the most food and the contest brought approximately 9,335 pounds of food with Brad Glazier

and the St. Rita Mustangs leading the way. Glazier, a resident of Homer Glen, is a board member of the Ronald McDonald Teen House and the President of the Social Awareness Commission at St. Rita. He wanted to find a way to give back to the community and believed getting his fellow classmates involved would be the best way. “Our school is full of great guys that go out of their way to help out,” Glazier stated. “What better way than to use the strength of our student body to help the people that really need it in our community.” Glazier also partnered with another group at St. Rita, the Knights of Augustine, a group of students that come together to do various charity work throughout the year. With their help and the help of campus ministry, Glazier was able to take his idea to the administration. Glazier went to Principal Brendan Conroy asking permission for a “dress down day”, where students can dress out of uniform as long as they bring in at least two cans of food. Conroy immediately approved the idea and this past Tuesday, Glazier and his classmates were able to collect over 2,000 items of food and almost $200, all of which will be donated. The donated food will go to help the Food Checkout Day where the Cook County Farm Bureau, partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, collects all the food and disperses it in the Chicagoland neighborhoods. The goal is to collect enough food through this drive to feed their neighborhoods for the entire year. Glazier, a member of various clubs and groups at St. Rita as well as a standout on the lacrosse field, feels it is their obligation as a school to give back to a community that has given so much to them. “Sometimes we take for granted what we have. We go to lunch everyday knowing that food is there, we all wanted to give that same feeling to the people in this community.”

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Alumni in the world

Dr. John T. Ahern '60 John T. Ahern Jr. is a 1960 graduate of St. Rita. He is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Accountancy & Management Information Systems. He received his MBA from DePaul University and his Doctorate in Accountancy from the University of Kentucky. Professor Ahern was appointed a Fulbright Scholar and taught for a year at Kazan Federal University (Volga Region) in Kazan Russia. From 2000 to 2005 he served as Project Director on a U.S. State Department Grant, “Business Education In Tatarstan”.  In recent years, Professor Ahern has been a Visiting Faculty member at Aalto University College of Business in Mikkeli, Finland. Internationally he has taught in Russia, Finland, Bahrain, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic. He has served as a consultant in both Russia and Bosnia-Herezgovina. For a time he was a member of the Board of Directors of Hub International Limited, one of the largest insurance brokerage companies in North America.  When asked about his most memorable moments at St. Rita Dr. Ahern said “I cherished the religious instruction from the Augustinians, and cherish the relationships that I made while attending St. Rita.” Veritas † Unitas † Caritas

Mark Hacker '90 Mark Hacker is a 1990 graduate of St. Rita. He has currently been promoted from the senior legal executive supporting Sales & Product Operation to the senior vice president of Legal & Government Affairs and general counsel of Motorola Solutions. Mark Hacker is no stranger to Motorola, having joined the company in 2001 as commercial counsel and advanced his Motorola career through many roles and organizations. Mark has been instrumental in our go-tomarket focus and the successful transformation of our law department through a keen focus on people, process and partnerships. He is relentless in his dedication to talent development and thought leadership – and with his strong solutions insight, he'll be a valuable and key member of the Executive Committee.

Mark Sadowski '92 Mark Sadowski is a 1992 graduate of St. Rita. Mark currently works with the Chicago Bears. He recently was promoted to Senior National Scout. The St. Rita graduate has been with the organization since 2005 and has worked since then as a Southeast area scout. Prior to joining the Bears, he worked for the New Orleans Saints from 1998 to 2005. Before working with the NFL Mark was an assistant coach at Tulane aftet playing for the Green Wave. Mark has mentored by fellow Ritaman Tim Mingey ’68 who currently works within the Jacksonville Jaguars organization.

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On Friday, April 19, St. Rita High School held its 77th Annual Alumni Banquet and Class Reunion. The event was a major success as nearly 600 Ritamen, their families, and supporters of our school and its Augustinian Mission filled our gymnasium, hallways, chapel, and every other nook and cranny of our school. We celebrated all Ritamen and welcomed back alumni ranging from the Class of 1941, to the Class of 2010–and everywhere in between. Our special anniversary classes, 1953 (60th reunion), 1963 (50th reunion), 1973 (40th reunion), 1988 (25th reunion), 1993 (20th reunion) and 2003 (10th reunion) were honored and celebrated as each class got together to talk about their memories of high school and all the wonderful events that took place in the hallways at St. Rita High School. Many St. Rita alumni were visiting our campus for the first time, as they had attended the 63rd street campus. Seeing our beautiful facilities (especially our chapel) made a long-lasting impression for many Ritamen. The event began with a cocktail hour at 6:30, which allowed the families of our Award Winners and Honorees to enjoy a private reception in our school’s brand-new McCarthy Student Center and the Class of 1963 to get together in our school’s special Chapel Foyer area. After thumbing through the 1963 yearbook and swapping stories about this and that, the Class of 1963 gathered in the Chapel for a class picture. We then ushered members of the Class of 1988 and got their picture taken as well. Other anniversary classes had their groups photographed as well, later in the night. At 7:30, it was time to eat! After seating all guests and their families, the Class of ’63 was welcomed into the gymnasium by our student Jazz Band and seated front-and-center. While a fabulous dinner from Country House Restaurant was being served, everyone watched a 20-minute video presentation made by St. Rita graduate and 2002 alumnus, Javier Solorio. The exceptional video featured pictures and biographies of all St. Rita Alumni Banquet Award Winners and Honorees. Along with John Nee ’93, Mr. Solorio captured the highlights and key moments of each Ritaman with pictures from their days as St. Rita students, their old pictures with family and friends, and their current pictures and activities. The video was a major highlight of the evening for many of our guests and is available for viewing on our web site. After the video and world-class dinner, everyone hit the bar and continued to enjoy one another’s company and soak in the fun of the night. The gymnasium transformed into a sea of Ritamen young and old getting re-acquainted and showcasing the tight-knit community that is St. Rita alumni. Everyone had a smile on their face and felt back home at St. Rita. When the event ended, the smiles remained on the faces as our guests went their separate ways–some back to their homes in various cities or states, some back down Western Avenue to make the night continue at a local restaurant or pub. Thanks to all Ritamen who attended the banquet for making the night truly special. Thanks for the help of all St. Rita High School Staff and the Advancement Office, as well as Country House Restaurant, Classic Party Rentals, Swank Audio/Visual, Don Cranley Awards, Overt Press Inc., and many others who contributed to the success of the night.

2013 Alumni Banquet A Huge Success!

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Unfortunately on April 29 the St. Rita community lost a dear friend, Michael Maione '56, the author of Tooty's Corner the book and playwright. As a student at St. Rita Mike was a standout athlete, a class officer, and also involved in other clubs and activities. Mike went on to play college basketball at Murray State University. His success continued in his professional life in both the insurance and hotel businesses. Mike also volunteered his time at the St. Rita Office of Institutional Advancement, where he contributed to the great success of the annual alumni banquet, the scholarship golf outing, and the Valentine's Dinner Dance. "Mike Maione was a dear and loyal friend, who was an inspiration to all who had the opportunity to work with him." He will be missed by the St. Rita family but his legacy will live on. - John Schmitt '84

Finally our spring and the beginning of warmer weather are upon us. I am looking forward to a great summertime. I hope that you are as well. I am delighted to share some good news about our wonderful Province-wide Augustinian family. Vocations – We continue to see interest in vocations. Those expressing interest are bright, joyful and caring young men. We have 11 men in some level of formation. On June 8, Deacon Robert Basler, O.S.A. and Deacon Homero Sanchez, O.S.A. will be ordained priests. Bishop Dan Turley, O.S.A., Bishop of the Diocese of Chulucanas, Peru will preside. Retired and Infirm Augustinians – Many of our retired and infirm Augustinians are now in a new facility, St. Anthony Home, in Crown Point, Indiana, while some have remained at Franciscan Village in Lemont, Illinois. Ultimately all Augustinians who cannot be provided for in one of our Friaries will be cared for in community at Crown Point. I stop by both locations at least once a month to have Mass, visit with them and share a meal. Peruvian Missions – We are well into a year-long celebration of our 50th year of service to the rural poor of northern Peru. The Province Advancement Director Michael Gerrity, his wife Liz, and Michael’s Associate Patrick Murphy are planning a visit to Peru in September. If you are interested in joining them please contact Patrick 773-595-4007. Have a wonderful summer –I pray you will take some time to relax, break away from your daily duties, and refresh yourself in spirit, mind, and body. If you have any questions, ideas, or comments about our efforts send them to me or my Advancement Director Michael Gerrity (773-595-4035 or mikewger@gmail.com). Please count on my prayers. Mary, Our Mother of Good Counsel, pray for us.

A Letter From The Provincial

Yours in Christ and St. Augustine,

Very Rev. Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A., Ph.D., Prior Provincial Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel Veritas † Unitas † Caritas

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CHARITABLE ROLLOVERS CAN BENEFIT ST. RITA HIGH SCHOOL The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was signed into law on January 2, 2013. The Act includes an IRA Charitable Rollover extension which provides a renewed opportunity for those who are 70 ½ or older to make a donation tax-free from their IRA to a charity through calendar year 2013. Explanation of Legislation Individuals may make gifts to charity from traditional and Roth IRA accounts without any federal tax liability as long as the gifts are “qualified charitable distributions”. No charitable deduction may be taken by the owner, but distributions will qualify for all or part of an IRA owner’s Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). What does this mean to you as a supporter of St. Rita High School? It allows for direct charitable gifts from IRAs for the entire year of 2013. Individuals may make gifts to charities – such as St. Rita - from traditional and Roth IRA accounts without any federal tax liability, as long as the gifts are “qualified charitable distributions.” No charitable deduction may be taken by the owner, but distributions will qualify for all or part of an IRA owner’s Required Minimum Distribution. Some facts to know about “Qualified Charitable Distributions” • Gifts are tax-free up to $100,000 per year • Gifts will qualify for all or part of your Required Minimum Distribution • This provision will apply for the year of 2013 (gifts made by December 31, 2013) • IRA holder must be age 70 1/2 or older at the time of gift • Gifts must be outright gifts to a charitable organization • Distributions to donor-advised funds or support organizations are not permissible • Distributions may only be made from traditional IRAs or Roth IRAs Please consult your financial advisor or accountant to determine if you are eligible to take advantage of this legislation to make donation. St. Rita High School does not offer financial planning advice.

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