Fr. Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A., February 2, 1947 – August 6, 2019

Richard Gerald Cannuli, was born on February 2, 1947, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the only child of Anthony Cannuli and Marianna Naimoli. He was baptized on March 23, 1947 at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, Philadelphia, and attended Saint Thomas Aquinas Grade School and Bishop Neumann High School. He entered the Augustinian Formation Program for Lay Brothers in New Hamburg, New York, on September 8, 1967, and following his pre-novitiate formation, he was received as a novice on August 27, 1969.

An Easter Wish from Fr. Michael

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The holy, glad day of the Lord's resurrection has shone forth today to all.  Let us rejoice, brothers and sisters, for this is the day the Lord has made: the mother of all good days, the origin of immortal life, the beginning of all our glory. Therefore, on the day of this solemnity so venerable, let us offer congratulations both to Christ and to ourselves.  To Christ, I say, who, after the victory of the cross, brought back spoils from his enemies ... to ourselves, because we now see the likeness of our future resurrection and gaze upon the sight of our hoped-for glory in Christ.  It is our glory that we consider; it is our beauty that we venerate; our resurrection has begun in Christ and will be brought to completion in us in his time.

Saint Thomas of Villanova, Easter Sunday, Sermon 1, 1-2

Sincere Best Wishes and Prayerful Remembrance

That the Joy of the Easter Mystery

May Fill your Heart and Renew your Spirit


Fr. George Patrick Magee, O.S.A., December 22, 1940—April 7, 2019

George Patrick Magee was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, on December 22, 1940, the youngest of three children of James Cyril Magee and Catherine Louise Starkey. He was baptized at Saint Coleman’s Church, Ardmore, Pennsylvania. He attended Saint Coleman’s Elementary School and Wynnewood Road Elementary School and then Ardmore Junior High School. George began his high school education at Archbishop Prendergast High School for Boys, and when the new Monsignor Bonner High School opened, he continued his education there, graduating in 1958. In 1959, George became a post-graduate student at Augustinian Academy, Staten Island, New York. He entered Good Counsel Novitiate, New Hamburg, New York in 1959, professing simple vows on September 10, 1960. Following profession, George undertook philosophical studies at Villanova University and received his BA in 1964. On September 10th of that year he professed solemn vows. Following theological studies in Washington, D.C., he received an MA from Catholic University in 1969. George was ordained a priest on June 1, 1968 at Saint Denis Church, Havertown, Pennsylvania by Bishop Joseph Mary Yuen, DD.

Alfred J. Ellis, O.S.A., December 8, 1933—April 4, 2019

Father Alfred J. Ellis, O.S.A. was born on December 8, 1933, in Carthage, New York, the son of Toufee Ellis and Angèle Hobieche. He had three brothers, one of whom is Kail C. Ellis, O.S.A. of our Province, and two sisters. He was baptized in Saint James the Minor Church, Carthage, New York, and his elementary and high School education was at the Augustinian Academy, Carthage. Al entered the Order as a novice in 1954 and after a year at Good Counsel Novitiate, New Hamburg, New York, he professed simple vows on September 10, 1955. He then went to Villanova University where he received a BA in Philosophy in 1959. He professed Solemn Vows on September 10, 1958. He pursued theological studies at Augustinian College, Washington, DC, and received an MA in Religious Education in 1963. He was ordained to the priesthood on February 9, 1963, at the Saint James the Minor Parish, Carthage, by Bishop Stanislaus Brzana.