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Making a Pilgrimage to the Border with Teens

published on: June 13, 2018

For the fifth time in three years, Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, is leading a group of young adults from Viatorian ministry sites to the border between Arizona and Mexico. He calls it a pilgrimage, as together these young people retrace the steps of … Continue reading

Maternity BVM Parish Announces New Pastor

published on: June 11, 2018

Parishioners at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Bourbonnais received word about their new pastor on Sunday, and his name was familiar. Fr. Jason Nesbit, CSV, will assume the role beginning July 1, after serving as assistant pastor … Continue reading

Viator House of Hospitality Continues to Draw Supporters

published on: June 4, 2018

Some 18 months after a pair of Viatorians opened Viator House of Hospitality in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs, the transitional residential program continues to grow. Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, and Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, continue to lead the safe house for … Continue reading

Viatorians Early Fans of Las Vegas Golden Knights

published on: May 30, 2018

People across the country are learning about the Las Vegas Golden Knights and the team’s unprecedented trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. They enter tonight’s game against the Washington Capital’s, up 1-0. The Viatorians — who have served in Las … Continue reading

Saint Viator High School Award Reaches Milestone

published on: May 24, 2018

It is the oldest and most prestigious award announced every year at the Saint Viator High School graduation ceremony, that bridges current students with a bygone era of the school’s early years and one of its former students. The Christopher Erdmann Award reached 50 … Continue reading

Viatorians and the Importance of Sacramental Ministry

published on: May 21, 2018

Fr. Jason Nesbit, CSV, has spent all of his years in pastoral ministry at Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais, and as a result he has been able to accompany families through their important milestones, namely in distributing the sacraments. That … Continue reading

Viatorians Help Welcome New Las Vegas Bishop

published on: May 16, 2018

The Diocese of Las Vegas rolled out the red carpet in welcoming Bishop George Thomas, and Viatorians were part of the celebration. The two-hour Mass took place at the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer in Las Vegas, amidst a gathering of … Continue reading

St. George Parish Adds a New Devotion to Mary

published on: May 15, 2018

After years of fundraising, members of St. George Parish in Bourbonnais carved out a new devotion to Mary. On Mother’s Day, appropriately enough, Fr. Dan Belanger, CSV, pastor, led a dedication ceremony of a statue of Mary and the child, Jesus, on the parish … Continue reading

Visitors to the Province Center Come in All Shapes and Sizes

published on: May 10, 2018

Nothing sparks members of the Viatorian Community more than visitors, especially at the Province Center in Arlington Heights. In fact, visitors coming back to see their former Viatorians means so much, that a room has been dedicated to just that … Continue reading

Fr. Patrick Render Honored by Chicago Archdiocese

published on: May 9, 2018

The Archdiocese of Chicago announced its Heart of the School award winners today, and Fr. Patrick Render, CSV, pastor of St. Viator Parish in Chicago, was the only pastor recognized among the 18 recipients in 10 areas of excellence. Specifically, … Continue reading

Viatorian Gardeners Rolling Up Their Sleeves

published on: May 2, 2018

Spring is in the air in the Chicago area, and that means only one thing to a diverse group of nearly two dozen Viatorians, students, teachers and staff members: gardening. With a little more than a week before Mother’s Day … Continue reading

Recognizing the Important Role of Religious Brothers

published on: May 1, 2018

Religious brothers have been a part of the fabric of the Viatorian Community since its founding in 1831, when Fr. Louis Querbes envisioned a congregation of catechists, who would teach Christian doctrine and be of service to the holy altar. According … Continue reading

Viatorians Talk Vocations with Las Vegas Teens

published on: April 30, 2018

Br. Rob Robertson, CSV, and Br. John Eustice, CSV, joined the Viatorian Community more than 15 years apart, but this much they know: It took someone else to invite them to consider a calling to religious life. “The reason I’m a … Continue reading

Cristo Rey St. Martin Celebrates with Record-Breaking Fundraiser

published on: April 26, 2018

Each year, officials with Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep salute their “founders” or longtime supporters and religious communities — including the Viatorians — who helped the school open, back in 2004. This year’s event, held in the school’s new … Continue reading

Associates Step Up to Offer Free Tax Preparation

published on: April 25, 2018

Associates Jackie Dupon and John Dussman concede that they are not accountants by profession. John works in sales with the newspaper industry, while Jackie made her career as a physical therapist before retiring. “But I was a math major before … Continue reading

Fine Arts Remains a Priority for Colegio San Viator in Colombia

published on: April 23, 2018

After 25 years of service as the main hall for artistic and cultural events, the Kenneth Morris, CSV, auditorium has received a well-deserved renovation. Some of these changes include state of the art, sound and lighting systems, comfortable seats and … Continue reading

Viatorians Work to Empower Young People

published on: April 20, 2018

Viatorians never waiver from one of their core ministries, “to minister to and with young people.” One week after meeting with youth ministers from across the Bourbonnais/Kankakee region, Viatorians converged at the Diocesan Center in Joliet to attend a national … Continue reading

Viatorian Presence Alive and Well at Saint Viator High School

published on: April 18, 2018

It’s been 57 years since the Viatorian Community opened Saint Viator High School, with a faculty that consisted nearly entirely of professed brothers and priests. Flash forward in time, and Viatorians continue to have a strong presence in the school. … Continue reading

St. Viator Elementary Schoolchildren Thank Active Military

published on: April 17, 2018

Students at St. Viator Elementary School in Chicago specialize in artistic expression. Consider their annual art and academic fair coming up this weekend. Art Zone is celebrating its 21st year and it always surprises visitors with its array of art … Continue reading

Viatorians Driving Youth Ministry Initiatives

published on: April 13, 2018

Youth ministers from churches throughout the Bourbonnais/Kankakee region gathered this week to exchange ideas and share resources on how to empower young people growing in their faith. Among those in attendance were Fr. Dan Belanger, CSV, chaplain of Bishop McNamara … Continue reading

Viatorian School Responds to Migration Crisis at Colombian Border

published on: April 13, 2018

One of the core missions of the Viatorian Community is to embrace those accounted of little importance, and it continues to drive Viatorians around the world. A recent example took place in March in Colombia, where Viatorians have served for … Continue reading

Cristo Rey St. Viator Las Vegas One Step Closer

published on: April 6, 2018

The dream to open a new Viatorian school — in the Cristo Rey model — just took one giant step forward. Just last week, the Viatorians closed on land in North Las Vegas, which will be the site of their new … Continue reading

Viatorians Reflect on the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

published on: April 4, 2018

Exactly 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, Viatorians still remember that fateful day, and how it changed the country and their ministries. Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, was a religious brother during the mid-1960s, attending Loyola University while living in … Continue reading

Stations of the Cross Takes on Social Justice Theme

published on: March 30, 2018

Every year, Associate Kim Martinez accompanies her student leadership team from Bishop Gorman High School’s Campus Ministry, to the Viatorian Youth Congress. During the four-day congress, students are immersed in faith and leadership formation, as well as some of the social … Continue reading

Hallelujah! Christ is Risen!

published on: March 30, 2018

May the feast of Easter provide each and every one of us an opportunity to make an act of faith as did St. John: “He saw and he believed.” The empty tomb is at the crossroads of our lives; only … Continue reading

Last Supper Comes Alive at Maternity BVM

published on: March 29, 2018

“One of you will betray me.” With those words, parishioners at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Bourbonnais began their 32nd annual living Last Supper production on Palm Sunday. Viatorian Associate John Ohlendorf helped to bring the idea to the … Continue reading

Viatorians Accompany Young People Demanding Action

published on: March 26, 2018

Separate #MarchforOurLives demonstrations took place at cities across the country, and in at least two of them — Chicago and Las Vegas — Viatorians were there, called by their charism to accompany young people in their faith development. “I stand with these young people. … Continue reading

Journey Through Lent with the Viatorians

published on: March 22, 2018

Bishop Christopher Glancy, CSV, taught at Saint Viator High School in the 1980s and most recently served as Auxiliary Bishop in Belize, Central America. Here, he reflects on Palm Sunday: “This is one of the Sundays that has touched the … Continue reading

Promoting Interfaith Reverence Starts Early

published on: March 20, 2018

A vision to promote interfaith tolerance continues to grow, as evidenced by the inaugural Middle School Interfaith Peace Camp, held over the weekend. It is believed to be the first of its kind in the Chicago area. Members of the Children of … Continue reading