Joseph A. Hickey, O.S.A.
Father Joseph Hickey was
born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1883. He went to Villanova, Pennsylvania, in
1898 as an Augustinian postulant and entered the novitiate in 1902. Two
years later he was sent to the International College of Saint Monica in
Rome, Italy, to continue his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained in
Rome in 1906. After ordination, he remained in Rome to do graduate work in
Canon Law, for which he was granted a doctorate in 1908.
Father Hickey then returned to the United States and was assigned to the
newly established Saint Rita's High School in Chicago, Illinois. In 1910, he
became Rector of Saint Rita's Hall, the Augustinian preparatory seminary at
Villanova and, also, a professor at the College. He was appointed Province
Regent of Studies in 1913, Definitor in 1914, and Provincial Socius and
Secretary in 1918.
Father Hickey became the first Prior of Saint Mary's Hall at Villanova
and held this post until he was appointed President of Villanova College in
January 1925. At the General Chapter of September 1925, he was named
Assistant General for the English-speaking provinces of the Augustinian
Order. From that time until 1953, except for the war years, he lived in
At the General Chapter of 1947, Father Hickey was elected Prior-General
of the Order of Saint Augustine. During his term of office, Saint Monica's
in Rome was completely remodeled, and the new Curia building was erected. In
1953, after completing his term as Prior General, he retired to Saint Thomas
of Villanova Monastery on the Villanova University campus. He was
seventy-two years old when he died on 9 July 1955 in Bryn Mawr Hospital,
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He is buried in the Augustinian Community Cemetery
on the Villanova University campus.
Source: Necrology of the Augustinian Provinces of the United States
(Revised, May 2000).