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Viatorians Celebrate Feast Day of Their Patron

published on: October 20, 2017

Celebrating the feast of St. Viator took on new meaning this year at Saint Viator High School. A graduate of the school, Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, was the main celebrant at the morning Mass, held in the Cahill Gymnasium and … Continue reading

Viatorian Brother Returns to High School Roots

published on: October 19, 2017

You can go home again. That appears to be the case with Br. Rob Robertson, CSV, who is returning to Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas exactly 30 years after he first arrived there as a new Viatorian brother, to … Continue reading

Hundreds Drawn to Prayer Services in Las Vegas

published on: October 3, 2017

In the aftermath of one of the worst shooting massacres in U.S. history, Las Vegas residents turned to their faith communities to help them deal with the pain and horror. And for many, that meant the two parishes run by … Continue reading

Responding to the Tragedy in Las Vegas, with Prayer

published on: October 2, 2017

The shooting tragedy in Las Vegas drew a swift response from members of the Viatorian Community who have ministered in the region for more than 60 years.  At St. Viator Catholic Community, led by Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, pastor, and Fr. Lawrence … Continue reading

Province Center Chapel Providing Sacred Space for 65 Years

published on: September 28, 2017

The Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights is a hub of activity. Not only does it serve as the headquarters for Viatorians in this country, but retired Viatorians live there and many different groups come for Bible study groups, Taizé … Continue reading

Annual Half-Paddy Fest a Blast at St. Patrick’s Church

published on: September 26, 2017

Folks at St. Patrick’s Church in Kankakee know a good thing when they see one, and that’s the case with their annual Half-Paddy Fest celebrated every year around Sept. 17. This year’s fest — its 11th annual — took place … Continue reading

Annual Blue Mass Honors Kankakee First Responders

published on: September 26, 2017

Mid-way through last weekend’s Half-Paddy Fest at St. Patrick Parish in Kankakee, parishioners paused to pay tribute to their fire, police and emergency personnel who work to protect them. Fr. John Peeters, CSV, celebrated the reverent Blue Mass, which is meant to … Continue reading

Archbishop of Tunja Visits Viatorian School

published on: September 25, 2017

Two weeks after Pope Francis held a rally for students in the middle of Bogotá — where he told them to “dare to dream big” and “Colombia needs you” — the Archbishop of Tunja, Luis Augusto Castro, followed up with a … Continue reading

Viatorians Work to Strengthen the Ideals of Peace

published on: September 22, 2017

In celebration of the International Day of Peace — observed around the world on Sept. 21 — the Viatorian Community in Bourbonnais and Kankakee worked with other faith communities to mount an interfaith prayer service. “At this critical time of … Continue reading

Colegio San Viator Celebrates Family Day

published on: September 19, 2017

Live music, games, prizes and food. Students and their parents enjoyed it all on Sunday at “Family Day” at Colegio San Viator in Bogotá. In fact, it was so popular that the day-long festival drew nearly 4,000 people to the campus — … Continue reading

Fr. Querbes Youth Ministry Center Reflects Viatorians’ Commitment to Young People

published on: September 18, 2017

One week after Fr. Mick Egan, CSV, provincial, dedicated the new Father Querbes Youth Ministry Center at St. George Parish in Bourbonnais, IL, religious education classes met for class on Sunday. The new start culminated a yearlong capital campaign that … Continue reading

Historic St. Mary’s Church in Beaverville Celebrates Milestone

published on: September 14, 2017

The annual Founders’ Day celebration at St. Mary’s Church in Beaverville, IL, took on new meaning this year, when parishioners celebrated the 160th anniversary of the rural parish. The outdoor festival featured a tractor pull, classic car show and children’s … Continue reading

French Canadian Fest a Hit

published on: September 13, 2017

When parishioners at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Bourbonnais looked at ways to revitalize their parish picnic, they turned to their heritage. The church — and the city of Bourbonnais — was founded by French Canadian settlers back in the … Continue reading

Viatorian Superior General and General Council Pay a Visit

published on: September 12, 2017

It happens only once every six years. That’s how often Fr. Alain Ambeault, CSV, Viatorian Superior General and his General Council members are mandated by the community’s bylaws to make a pastoral visit to each province. They opened their visit to the … Continue reading

Viatorians Inspired by the Presence of Pope Francis in Colombia

published on: September 11, 2017

Viva Francisco! More than one million people lined the route to Simon Bolívar Park in Bogotá, to greet Pope Francis before he celebrated his first public Mass during his recent visit to Colombia — and Viatorians were in attendance. Six Viatorians were among the … Continue reading

Promoting Interfaith Dialogue as 9/11 Approaches

published on: September 8, 2017

Salaam, Shalom, Peace. Those three words continue to drive an interfaith coalition — started by Fr. Corey Brost, CSV — that draws teens and adults of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faith traditions. The Children of Abraham Coalition hosted its … Continue reading

Viatorian College President Calls for Protection of Dreamers

published on: September 6, 2017

As president of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, reacted sharply to the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. He issued a statement that affirmed the position of the Catholic Church, … Continue reading

Viatorian Community Garden Keeps on Giving

published on: September 5, 2017

It may be the end of summer, but the Viatorian Community Garden, on the grounds of the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights is just getting started. Beginning in mid-July, the 14 beds in the garden began to produce and by the … Continue reading

Viatorians Worldwide Observe Querbes Day

published on: September 1, 2017

Viatorians around the world pause every Sept. 1 to remember their founder, Fr. Louis Querbes, who founded the congregation in 1831 in Vourles, France, where he served as pastor of a small church. He passed away Sept. 1, 1859 at the age … Continue reading

International Presence Growing at Saint Viator High School

published on: August 30, 2017

It was five years ago that Saint Viator High School formally started its Rev. Mark R. Francis, CSV, International Program. Its goal was to provide a supportive environment that would help students develop cultural understanding necessary to succeed in school. … Continue reading

Viatorians Join With Faith Leaders in Rejoicing Over the Signing of the Trust Act in Illinois

published on: August 29, 2017

Viatorians are rejoicing today. There is strength in numbers. Earlier this month, Viatorians from across the Chicago Province joined with more than 200 other faith leaders in signing a letter urging Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign into law sign SB-31, or the “TRUST … Continue reading

Viatorians Thinking Outside the Box to Empower Students

published on: August 28, 2017

Br. Rob Robertson, CSV, moved west to Las Vegas in 2015 to begin a new career as a junior high counselor at St. Viator Catholic Community — after serving teens at Saint Viator High School for 20 years. Right away, he … Continue reading

Coordinator of Vocation Ministry Named: Br. John Eustice, CSV

published on: August 23, 2017

At the first meeting of the new Viatorian Provincial Council, one of their first orders of business was to select a Coordinator of Vocation Ministry. Turns out, he was sitting at that same table: Br. John Eustice, CSV, who also … Continue reading

Saint Viator High School Draws Back One of Its Own

published on: August 21, 2017

It has been 30 years since Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, took over as principal of Saint Viator High School as it merged with the former Sacred Heart of Mary High School to become a co-educational institution. Ultimately,  he would be named … Continue reading

Viatorians Support Bishop McNamara School with New Ministry

published on: August 16, 2017

Excitement is running high at the start of the second year of Bishop McNamara Catholic School as one Preschool – 12th grade system.  Bishop McNamara is now the Catholic school in the Kankakee county area and educates a total of 900 students at … Continue reading

Life Teen Program Reflects Viatorian Commitment to Youth

published on: August 15, 2017

If St. Thomas More Catholic Community is one of the largest parishes in Southern Nevada — with more than 6,700 families — it should come as no surprise that its Life Teen program is a vibrant youth ministry, drawing teens from … Continue reading

Responding to the Violence in Charlottesville

published on: August 14, 2017

Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, serves as president of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He issued this response to the deadly unrest which took place Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, VA, and in doing so, he reflected the thoughts of many of the … Continue reading

The Newest Viatorian Priest is Ordained

published on: August 11, 2017

More than 50 years after Viatorians first arrived as missionaries in Colombia, vocations to the Viatorian Community continue to grow. Fr. Fredy Contreras, CSV, who is a native of Tunja, Colombia, is the latest Viatorian priest to be ordained and his ordination continues to … Continue reading

Colegio San Viator Tunja Formally Dedicated

published on: August 9, 2017

Back in February, Colegio San Viator opened its doors in Tunja, Colombia as the second Viatorian school in the South American country. Now, six months later, it features a newly dedicated plaza and park which formally stamps it as a Viatorian school. The … Continue reading

First Commitment by Viatorian Associates Marks Anniversary

published on: August 3, 2017

Nearly every Provincial Assembly includes the commitments or re-commitments of Viatorian associates, yet the ones made by five associates back in 1999 were groundbreaking. Associates Mary Jane Bucher, Mary Finks, Marilyn Mulcahy, John Ohlendorf and Reisha Raymond made their commitments … Continue reading