Br. John Eustice, CSV, gives a vocations talk that is, well, slightly off the beaten path.
In it, he points to a road trip from Las Vegas to the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights, more than 15 years ago, after which his car broke down forcing him to wait at the Viatorian residence for it to be repaired.
In a sense, he never left. Within a year, he joined the Viatorian Community as a novice, and on July 11, 2005 took his first vows.
Br. John grew up attending St. Thomas More Catholic Community in suburban Las Vegas — a Viatorian parish founded more than 30 years ago — where he participated in its vibrant Life Teen program.
He brings his own rich experience in youth ministry to the table, and over his years of ministry, he has developed a special interest in bringing teens closer to Christ, much like his own formative years.
His years as a Viatorian have taken him across all parts of the Chicago Province, from St. Patrick Parish in Kankakee, to his work as a youth minister at the Viatorian mission in Belize, and in 2014 to Saint Viator High School, where he served as co-director of Campus Ministry.
Last spring, Br. John was tapped to join the leadership team of the Viatorian Community as a member of its Provincial Council, and next month, he will begin his next assignment as a Viatorian: working in youth and young adult ministry at Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais.
Most recently, Br. John has become involved in extending the Viatorian mission to migrant children from around the world, accompanying them during times of crisis and as they seek refuge in this country. He volunteers with the Viator House of Hospitality, working with its young men seeking asylum.
It all adds us to a religious vocation that Br. John might not have seen coming before taking his infamous road trip. Yet, he continues to be called to the Viatorian mission statement, that calls members to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ — especially among the young and abandoned in today’s world — and to work in favor of peace and social justice.