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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

Teens Take Excitement from LA Youth Day Back to Las Vegas

published on: March 19, 2018

Dare to Believe! That was the theme this month at the annual Youth Day, sponsored by the Religion Education Congress and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. This year’s rally drew more than 10,000 young people, including more than 75 from the Las Vegas Diocese. … Continue reading

Viatorians Cheer on Their Alma Mater, Onward Loyola U!

published on: March 16, 2018

With the exciting, last second swoosh by Loyola guard — and Chicago native — Donte Ingram, the Ramblers advanced to Saturday’s second round of the NCAA tournament. Cheers rang out at pubs and bars across Chicagoland — and in the retirement … Continue reading

Viatorians and the Mayor of Killarney

published on: March 16, 2018

What do the Viatorians have to do with the Lord Mayor of Killarney, Niall Kelleher? Their worlds came together on Thursday, courtesy of Andrew Kelleher, a 1986 graduate of Saint Viator High School and the mayor’s cousin. Andrew Kelleher helped … Continue reading

Viatorian Associates Called to Work with Young People

published on: March 12, 2018

For more than 20 years, Associates Ken and Michelle Barrie have served as youth ministers at St. Patrick Church in Kankakee. Their youth group includes junior high and high school students from three parishes in all, including neighboring St. Teresa … Continue reading

Everyone’s an Artist

published on: March 8, 2018

Fr. Arnold Perham, CSV, is an award-winning mathematician, who has taught math at Saint Viator High School since it opened and even in retirement he continues to work with math team members. But even they were surprised to learn of … Continue reading

The Upcoming Canonizations are Personal for the Viatorians

published on: March 7, 2018

Vatican leaders made the announcement official today: Pope Francis recognized the second miracle of five people, including most prominently Pope Paul VI and Blessed Oscar Romero, bishop and martyr. Now, all that awaits is their date of canonization. They already had been … Continue reading

Viatorians Welcome New Devotion to Mary

published on: March 6, 2018

The Vatican announced last week that the Church will celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as “Mother of the Church” every year on the Monday after Pentecost — May 21st this year — as a way to foster Marian … Continue reading

Viatorians Celebrate Their Flagship School

published on: March 5, 2018

Viatorian priests and brothers were on hand for the Night of the Lion gala Saturday, that raised money for its tuition assistance fund. In attendance were: Fr. Charles Bolser, chaplain; Fr. Mick Egan, provincial and former president; Fr. Dan Hall, … Continue reading

Journey Through Lent with the Viatorians

published on: March 2, 2018

John 2: 13-25 What kind of image do you have of Jesus? Apart from Jesus on the cross, most people naturally call to mind comforting images of Jesus as the Good Shepherd or Jesus of the Sacred Heart. These images … Continue reading

Former Students Return to Thank Their Viatorian Teachers

published on: March 1, 2018

It has been more than 50 years since Erik Blanc and Tom Wake graduated from Spalding Institute in Peoria, but they vividly remember the impact of their Viatorian teachers. They returned recently to the Viatorian Province Center to thank their former teachers … Continue reading

Viatorians Welcome New Bishop to Las Vegas

published on: February 28, 2018

Pope Francis has named Bishop George Thomas as the new bishop of Las Vegas. He replaces Bishop Joseph Pepe who is retiring after leading the Las Vegas Diocese for the last 17 years. Bishop Thomas has been serving as the bishop of … Continue reading

New School Year Opens with Excitement in Bogotá

published on: February 27, 2018

If you think the start of a new school year is all about opening books and getting to work, think again. At Colegio San Viator in Bogotá — started by Viatorians more than 50 years ago — the school year opened earlier … Continue reading

Viatorians Participating in National Call In Day

published on: February 26, 2018

Viatorians are solidarity with the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, and locally with Cardinal Blase Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago, in support of their national call-in day for the protection of Dreamers. “The U.S. bishops are asking us to … Continue reading

Lenten Reflection from the Viatorians

published on: February 23, 2018

Lent is a peculiar time of year when we sacrifice part of ourselves in preparation for the celebration of the Easter and resurrection. It takes multiple forms in many communities. Many years ago this meant giving up candy and sugar. We … Continue reading

Where Your Prayer Intentions Are Inscribed

published on: February 20, 2018

Ever wonder where your prayer intentions go once you submit them to the Viatorian Community? Prayer requests come in through the mail and through the web site, and they all are taken seriously — and recorded in a Book of … Continue reading

Reflection for First Sunday of Lent

published on: February 16, 2018

The Gospel for the first Sunday of ordinary time, Jan. 21, was from Mark’s Gospel, chapter 1, verses 14-20. The Gospel for the first Sunday of Lent, Feb. 18, is from Mark’s Gospel, chapter 1, verses 12-15. The common verses … Continue reading

Journey through Lent with the Viatorians

published on: February 14, 2018

This Lent, members of the Viatorians will offer weekly reflections — through email — on the upcoming, Sunday gospel. Fr. Dan Lydon, CSV, has been coordinating these reflections — #PraySV —for parents and alumni of Saint Viator High School, in his … Continue reading

Dream Comes True for Cristo Rey St. Martin Students

published on: February 13, 2018

After years of fundraising and 18 months of construction, the 400 students at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep walked into their sparkling new school on Tuesday and the feeling was one of excitement — and empowerment. “Finally,” said Principal Michael Odiotti, … Continue reading