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Saint Augustine Medal Dinner

Saint Augustine Medal Dinner

The Augustinian Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova will present its' 2018 Saint Augustine Medal to Bishop Louis A. DeSimone, an honor bestowed upon an individual or a couple who exemplify the spirit and teachings of Saint Augustine, a deep commitment to the Order of Saint Augustine and the Augustinian values of Truth, Unity and Charity. 

Celebration of Mass ~ 4:30 PM

St. Thomas of Villanova Church

Villanova University


Cocktails and Dinner ~ 6:00-9:30 PM

Philadelphia Country Club

1601 Spring Mill Road

Gladwyne, PA 19035

 Recipient: Bishop Louis A. DeSimone

Recipient: Bishop Louis A. DeSimone

The Most Reverend Louis A. DeSimone, D.D., Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, and an Affiliate of the Order of Saint Augustine, has been a close friend of the Augustinians for many decades. His late brother, Father Russell DeSimone, O.S.A. was a member of the Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova until his death last year. As someone who lives each day of his life in a truly Augustinian spirit of humility and service, Bishop DeSimone is an ideal recipient of this recognition.

Bishop DeSimone graduated from Villanova University before entering the Army during World War II. Later, he completed studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood on May 10, 1952. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia while pastor of Saint Monica Parish, Philadelphia, and was named Vicar General of the Archdiocese and later chairman of the Catholic Charities Appeal. He retired in 1997 after a lifetime of service to the Church, and currently resides at St. John Vianney Parish, Gladwyne. He continues to visit the Villanova Monastery weekly to join the friars in the celebration of Mass and to maintain longstanding friendships.

Saint Augustine Medal Dinner Committee

Honorary Co-Chairs

  • Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Monsignor Donald E. Leighton, Pastor, Saint John Baptist Vianney Parish


  • Father John E. Deegan, O.S.A.
  • Joan and John Mullen
  • Jim Murray

There is no more loyal friend and supporter of the Augustinians, no more sincere and gracious champion of each and every friar than Bishop DeSimone. He is the personification of an Augustinian man of heart.
— Michael Di Gregorio, O.S.A., Prior Provincial, Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova
I enthusiastically endorse and support your decision to present the Province’s Saint Augustine Medal to our wonderful Bishop Louis DeSimone. There is no more worthy recipient. As you know, much better than I, he has a great love for the Augustinian community.
— Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. CAP. Archbishop of Philadlephia

Event sponsorships/gifts will benefit the care for the elderly and infirm friars. For additional information, contact Madonna Sutter, Director of Advancement at 610-527-3330 ext. 265 or by email.



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