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Bringing Holiday Cheer to Viatorian Province Center

published on: December 11, 2018

It’s not often that visitors come bearing gifts and baked goods for the retired religious at the Viatorian Province Center, as well as the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Guadalupe. But Mike Crilly and … Continue reading


Bringing the Christmas Story to Life

published on: December 11, 2018

Officials at St. Thomas More Catholic Community in Henderson, NV, added a unique experience to their Advent season this year: a living nativity, complete with actors and seats around the manger setting. The live depiction is planned for every weekend through … Continue reading


Advent Reflections from Maternity BVM Parish

published on: December 10, 2018

Cristo Rey St. Viator Las Vegas Gaining Recognition

published on: December 7, 2018

The Viatorians’ newest school, Cristo Rey St. Viator Las Vegas, hasn’t opened yet but its innovative model of education is gaining recognition throughout Southern Nevada. Even as its steel frame began rising from the ground this week, and construction continues toward … Continue reading


Outgoing and Incoming Provincial Council Members Meet

published on: December 6, 2018

In a rare joint meeting, members of the old and new Provincial Councils met with newly elected Provincial Superior, Fr. Dan Hall, CSV. It was described as a time to bring new members up to speed on pressing matters, as … Continue reading


A Christmas Image from the Viatorian Art Collection

published on: December 4, 2018

Br. Don Houde, CSV, the unofficial curator of the religious art collection at the Province Center, begins searching around the middle of summer. His quest? To find a unique rendering of the holy family that would be suitable for the … Continue reading


Remembering President George H.W. Bush

published on: December 3, 2018

Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, has many memories from his years as president of Saint Viator High School — 1986 – 98 — including shepherding the all-boys school into a coeducational institution. But one that stands out is the day the … Continue reading


Election of a New Provincial Superior Steeped in Tradition

published on: November 29, 2018

Just over 50 years ago, in 1967, Viatorians voted at their General Chapter meeting to give members the chance to nominate and elect a provincial superior and members of his provincial council — rather than have them appointed by the superior … Continue reading



A Thanksgiving Tradition that Works

published on: November 26, 2018

At St. Thomas More Catholic Community in Henderson, NV, Thanksgiving is a working holiday. For more than 20 years, families gather on Thanksgiving, at church, to deliver holiday dinners with all the trimmings to homebound seniors, the disabled or those who will be … Continue reading


Reflections on Thanksgiving

published on: November 21, 2018

Fr. Michael Keliher, CSV, serves as parish administrator at St. Thomas More Catholic Community, where he writes a weekly reflection. In the latest bulletin, Fr. Mike writes about the many feelings that Thanksgiving evokes and about its spiritual aspects as … Continue reading


As Thanksgiving Approaches Viatorians Work to Feed the Hungry

published on: November 21, 2018

Stamping out hunger is one of the core missions of the Viatorians, and nowhere is that more evident than this week, when food drives are going on at nearly all the places where Viatorians minister. At Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais, … Continue reading


Colegio San Viator Bids Farewell to Beloved Padre

published on: November 13, 2018

Three days after  a  Mass of Christian burial took place for Fr. James Crilly, CSV, at the Viatorian Province Center, students and staff at the Colegio San Viator in Bogotá, held a memorial Mass for their beloved Padre. They remembered him fondly … Continue reading


Seeing the Beauty of God’s Creation at the Viatorian Province Center

published on: November 7, 2018

The Viatorian Province Center is set on nearly seven acres of land and serves as the headquarters of the Chicago Province, but unofficially it is something of a nature sanctuary. With its rolling land, dotted with close to 100 trees … Continue reading


Viatorians Mourn the Passing of a True Pioneer

published on: November 5, 2018

Fr. James Crilly, CSV, served as pastor or associate pastor in nearly all the places where Viatorians minister — St. Viator Parish in Chicago, Maternity BVM in Bourbonnais, St. Patrick Church in Kankakee and St. Thomas More Catholic Community in … Continue reading


Viatorians Respond to Shootings at Pittsburgh Synagogue

published on: October 30, 2018

Here is a statement from our Acting Provincial regarding the senseless tragedy that happened to Jewish worshippers over the weekend: “The recent shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh are more than sad. They are tragic. “These 11 … Continue reading


First Communicants Receive Sacrament on Feast of St. Viator

published on: October 29, 2018

Celebrations commemorating the Feast of St. Viator played out in multiple ways around the world, but in Colombia, the date was chosen for students — at two Viatorian schools — to make their first Holy Communion. In Bogotá, where Viatorians … Continue reading


Saint Viator High School Welcomes Grandparents to its Feast Day Celebration

published on: October 26, 2018

Grandparents’ Day held special meaning on Oct. 19 at Saint Viator High School. Not only did students get to show off their school, but they celebrated together at Mass, on the feast of St. Viator. The timing was deliberate as … Continue reading


St. Viator Day Returns to Bishop Gorman High School

published on: October 25, 2018

A tradition returned this week to Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, that brought its students back to their roots. Gathered in the Our Lady of Lourdes Alumni Chapel, they celebrated the feast of St. Viator, patron saint of the order that … Continue reading


Las Vegas Students Share Breakfast With the Mayor

published on: October 24, 2018

Students at St. Viator Catholic School and Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas started their school day off in a slightly different way today: They joined with 400 other students in attending the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, as well as dignitaries that … Continue reading


St. Viator Parish Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

published on: October 23, 2018

The venerable St. Viator Church — the Viatorians’ first namesake parish — has anchored the Northwest side of Chicago for 130 years, while its current church has served as a beacon for thousands of families for 90 years. In recognizing these major milestones, its … Continue reading


Happy St. Viator Day

published on: October 19, 2018

Viatorian Brother Realizes Career Milestone

published on: October 17, 2018

Br. Jhobany Orduz, CSV, is a native of Colombia and last month, he professed his final vows with the Viatorians. Since January, he has lived with fellow Viatorians in this country in an attempt to learn English. Now, he is not only mastering the … Continue reading


Unique Viatorian Community Council Convenes

published on: October 12, 2018

Let the meeting begin! The Viatorian Community Council is a unique form of participation, that brings professed and associates together twice a year, as an advisory board where every member counts. It formed in 2010, to advise the Provincial Council on … Continue reading


Keeping the Viatorian Presence Alive at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep

published on: October 10, 2018

A little more than six months after students at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep moved into their state-of-the-art school, Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, arrived to celebrate Mass and dedicate the new building. He arrived Sept. 14 to celebrate the … Continue reading


Advancing Hope, Healing and Opportunity

published on: October 8, 2018

By any measure, the first fundraiser for the Viator House of Hospitality was a rousing success. “A Taste of Viator House” took place Oct. 6 in Querbes Hall at Saint Viator High School and drew a sold out crowd of … Continue reading


St. Viator Parish School Welcomes All Students

published on: October 4, 2018

What looked like a normal scene at a Catholic school — of a student assisting during Mass as an altar server — was actually quite groundbreaking. Luke has Down syndrome, but he is an active student at St. Viator School. He … Continue reading


At Bishop McNamara High School, Homecoming Means Service

published on: October 3, 2018

There are lots of traditions that surround homecoming at Bishop McNamara High School in Kankakee, but increasingly one of them is community service. The idea started last year, and this year Associate Michelle Barrie, working in her role as Office … Continue reading


One Year Later, Viatorians Accompany Las Vegas Parishioners Through Anniversary

published on: October 1, 2018

The one-year anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting was on the minds of parishioners all weekend at the two parishes where Viatorians minister, including St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas and St. Thomas More Catholic Community in suburban Henderson, NV. At … Continue reading


Colegio San Viator

Viatorian Commitment to Colombia Reaches 57 Year Anniversary

published on: September 27, 2018

It was 57 years ago this month that a delegation of three Viatorian priests were dispatched to the Diocese of Bogotá in Colombia. They answered a call from Pope John XXIII, who in 1961 called for religious congregations to help … Continue reading