|Birth: ||Sep. 28, 1915|
|Death: ||Apr. 13, 1990|
Raymond Thomas Hickens was born on September 28, 1915, in Detroit, Michigan, to James Hickens and Mary Roggenbuck. He had three brothers and three sisters.
After completing his elementary education at St. Edward Catholic School, Detroit, he studied at Henry Ford Trade School, Dearborn, Michigan, earning his diploma in 1934. He then served in the U.S. Navy and worked for several years as a machinist in the tool and die trade.
He entered the Augustinian program of formation for Brothers in 1949, taking the religious name Brother Augustine. He was received into the Augustinian Novitiate on June 23, 1952, professing his Simple Vows in the Order of St. Augustine on June 24, 1953, and his Solemn Vows on June 24, 1956.
For 20 years, Brother Augustine worked at the Monican Press, based in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Monican Press distributed Christmas cards for sale in several midwestern U.S. States. During this time he managed Monican Press operations in Illinois and in Michigan, residing at Mendel Monastery and St. Rita Monastery, both in Chicago, Illinois, and at Austin Friary and at St. Augustine Catholic Parish, both in Detroit.
From 1969 to 1978, he served in various capacities at Austin Catholic High School, Detroit, including the supervision of the school's food service program.
Brother Augustine was transferred in 1978, to St. Nicholas of Tolentine Monastery, Olympia Fields, Illinois, where he served as treasurer. From January 1980 till August 1981, he worked with the Family Rosary program, Albany, New York.`
He retired from full-time ministry in 1981. He was transferred to St. Augustine Catholic Parish, Detroit. He continued his work with the Family Rosary program on a part-time basis. Because of failing health, Brother Augustine was transferred in 1987, to St. Rita Monastery, Chicago.
As his health continued to decline, he was moved in 1990, to Bon Secours Nursing Home, St. Clair Shores, Michigan. He died there on April 13, 1990.
He is buried in the Augustinian Plot at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Plot: Augustinian Plot, Section 47, Lot 543.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Apr 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68702045
Rest in eternal peace,Brother Augustine. Please pray for us here on earth.|
Added: Jan. 4, 2013
Rest In Peace, Brother Augustine!|
Added: Apr. 21, 2011