Rev. George J. Auger, C.S.V., passed away June 2 at Northwest Community Hospital. He was 87.
Fr. Auger was born Sept. 17, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan. His parents, Seraphine and Eugenie (Paris) Auger preceded him in death, along with sisters Rita McKune and Simone Deady. He is survived by his brother Paul.
He earned a Bilingual Teaching Certificate for French/English at Ecole Normale in Rigaud, Canada. At Loyola University, Chicago he earned both a BA degree in English and an MA degree in Religious Education, and later a Master of Arts degree in English from DePaul University. Fr. Auger attended the Lumen Vitae program in Brussels, Belgium where he earned a diploma for Theology of Religious Life.
Fr. Auger made his first profession of vows in Joliette, Canada, in 1949 and later transferred to the Chicago Province. He was ordained a priest on May 27, 1961 at St. Viator Church in Chicago by Bishop Cletus O’Donald.
Fr. Auger’s first teaching assignment (1961-63) was at Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights. He then was assigned to Spalding Institute in Peoria for one year, before returning to Saint Viator from 1965-71. He was Parochial Vicar at Maternity BVM in Bourbonnais and at St. Joseph in Springfield from 1975 to 1983 before becoming Pastor at St. Patrick in Kankakee in 1983. He served as General Councilor for the Province in Rome from 1988 until 1994, before returning to Arlington Heights in 1996 to serve as Director of the Retirement Wing at the Province Center and Novice Director. He returned to St. Patrick’s Parish in Kankakee in July of 2004 to serve as Pastor until 2007 when he returned to the Province Center. From 2013 to 2016 Fr. Auger served as Chaplain for Little Sisters of the Poor in Palatine, Illinois.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, services will be private.