About the Provincial

On Monday, June 9, 2014, Augustinians of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, along with family, friends and benefactors, witnessed as Father Michael F. Di Gregorio, O.S.A., was installed as the 39th Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. Alejandro Moral Antón, O.S.A., Prior General of the Order of St Augustine, presided over the Mass of Installation at St Thomas of Villanova Church, Villanova, Pa.

Fr. Michael, the former Vicar General of the Augustinian Order, completed his term in September of 2013, and was elected on February 7, 2014 to succeed Anthony M. Genovese, O.S.A. as Prior Provincial. The June 9th installation begins Fr Michael’s four-year term as Prior Provincial. 

As Vicar General, Assistant General to North America and a member of the General Council of the Order, Fr. Michael worked at the General Curia of the Order in Rome from 2007 to 2013. Prior to his election to the General Curia, Fr. Michael was assigned to parishes in Philadelphia, New York and Massachusetts. He directed novice and pre-novice formation programs in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. In 1990, he was assigned to the General Curia of the Order in Rome as the director of communications for the Order. In 1992, he returned to the U.S. and was assigned as the director of the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia in Philadelphia, Pa. In 1995 he was named pastor of St. Rita’s as well.