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Historic St. Patrick’s Church Welcomes First Responders

published on: September 21, 2018

In its 125th jubilee year, historic St. Patrick’s Church continued one of its most sacred traditions last weekend: the Blue Mass, which honors — and thanks — local police, fire and first responders for their work in protecting the community. The Mass … Continue reading

History Behind the Viatorian Ring

published on: September 20, 2018

Every professed Viatorian carries with them a symbol of their sacred vows that dates back to their 19th century founder, Fr. Louis Querbes: a distinctive gold ring they wear on their right hand. Engraved on each is a holy cross with … Continue reading

Everyone is Irish at Half-Paddy Fest

published on: September 19, 2018

No one counts down the months to St. Patrick’s Day more than parishioners of St. Patrick’s Church in Kankakee. Every year, in mid-September they mark the halfway point, with their annual Half-Paddy Fest, and it’s always a hit. “Because St. Patrick’s … Continue reading

Viatorians Continue to Minister to Rural Families

published on: September 17, 2018

The farmland around the Bourbonnais/Kankakee region holds a special place in the Viatorian Community, since it was there that the first Viatorians arrived back in 1865. While those early Viatorians would go on to teach at a local school and parish, farm families … Continue reading

Viatorian Continues to Advance Interfaith Dialogue in Wake of 9/11

published on: September 11, 2018

Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, continues to be unwavering in his remembrance of 9/11: He works to foster interfaith dialogue and tolerance. “We can’t stop all the religious-based hate in the world, but we can do our part,” Fr. Corey says. “We … Continue reading

Viatorian Community Welcomes Two New Brothers

published on: September 10, 2018

In a liturgy of profession steeped in tradition, the Viatorian Community welcomed two new religious brothers: Br. Jhobony Orduz, CSV, and Br. Juan Carlos Ubaque, CSV. Both are natives of Colombia, who were drawn to the Viatorians because of their … Continue reading

Bishop McNamara Catholic School Approves Strategic Plan

published on: September 7, 2018

After a nearly yearlong process, administrators and members of the Bishop McNamara Catholic School board of trustees approved a five-year strategic plan for its schools, located in three communities, including Bradley, Bourbonnais and Kankakee. President Terry Granger made the announcement this week. … Continue reading

Reflections from Vourles

published on: September 6, 2018

Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, attended the installation of Fr. Robert M. Egan, CSV, as Superior General with a unique perspective: Fr. Francis not only served two terms as Superior General (2000-2012), he attended high school with his good friend, Fr. … Continue reading

Who Will Fill Their Shoes?

published on: September 5, 2018

Viatorians are called to embrace “those accounted of little importance,” and that’s just what they were doing Saturday when they attended a rally on the lawn of the Kankakee Courthouse, calling for an end to detention of immigrants in Kankakee … Continue reading

Fr. Robert Egan, CSV, Installed as Superior General

published on: September 2, 2018

With an international delegation of Viatorians in attendance, Fr. Robert M. Egan, CSV, was installed as Superior General of the Clerics of St. Viator. The Mass and installation ceremony took place in the historic church where Fr. Louis Querbes had served as … Continue reading

Saint Viator High School: Where Tradition and Innovation Meet

published on: August 30, 2018

Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, was on hand to bless the new incubator classroom at Saint Viator High School, where he summed it up this way: “Seize the day.” “I love the idea,” Fr. Bolser said of the entrepreneurship class. “This … Continue reading

Fr. Corey Brost Returns to his Roots

published on: August 28, 2018

Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, addressed sophomores on Tuesday in their Bible classes, and their teacher, Associate Barbara D’Urso, described it as “powerful.” His topic? Stories of how the Bible can change lives. He pointed to Jeremiah 1:1-8, where God calls … Continue reading

College Interns Lead by Example at Viator House of Hospitality

published on: August 24, 2018

Tyler Harris graduated at the top of his class in 2014 at Saint Viator High School and he went on to earn a prestigious scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, enabling him to work with the university’s chief investment … Continue reading

Excitement is in the Air

published on: August 22, 2018

Assistant Provincial Steps Up

published on: August 17, 2018

Fr. Dan Hall, CSV, is the ultimate marathon man, the endurance runner who rises early every morning to get in his training. Turns out he will need all of that energy and endurance for the next few months that lie … Continue reading

Reflections Upon Reaching 70 Years of Religious Life

published on: August 15, 2018

Fr. Arnold Perham, CSV, celebrated a rare milestone today: 70 years of religious life. He entered the Viatorian Community on Aug. 15, 1948, as a novice at the age of 19, and he has spent his entire adult life as … Continue reading

Viatorians Launch New Young Adult Retreat

published on: August 14, 2018

In keeping with their commitment to accompany young people on their faith journeys, Viatorians involved with Bishop McNamara Catholic School system and its Office of Catholic Ministry, launched a new summer retreat experience, this time geared toward incoming freshmen and sophomores. … Continue reading

Colombian Students Add New Dimension to VYC

published on: August 13, 2018

The Viatorian Youth Congress celebrated its ninth edition this year with a whole new delegation: three students attended from the bilingual Colegio San Viator in Bogotá, and by all accounts they fit right in. “Their presence helped show the internationality of … Continue reading

Viatorians Offer Special Blessing for New Superior General

published on: August 10, 2018

Viatorians closed out their three-day assembly with an emotional blessing for their Provincial, Fr. Mick Egan, CSV, who on Sept. 1 will be commissioned as the new Superior General of the worldwide congregation of Viatorians. Led by Fr. Dan Hall, … Continue reading

Honoring Our Jubilarians

published on: August 9, 2018

Collectively, they span more than two centuries of religious life. Their ministries have stretched from Illinois to Nevada and as far away as Bogotá, Colombia and Belize. Over those years, they have taught generations of students and accompanied countless families through the … Continue reading

Provincial Assembly Celebrates Viatorian Community

published on: August 7, 2018

Members of the Viatorian Community — including associates, brothers and priests — came from throughout the Province of Chicago today to gather for the first day of their annual Provincial Assembly. “This gathering has taken on a significance beyond addressing issues … Continue reading

Summer Means Camps for Viatorians

published on: August 6, 2018

Students may enjoy a vacation from school during the summer, but not for the Viatorians. Staying true to their mission of accompanying young people on their faith journeys, many Viatorian led youth ministry camps over the summer for teens. Here’s a sampling of … Continue reading

Praying for Immigrant Children Separated from their Families

published on: July 30, 2018

A prayer vigil held July 24 on the front lawn of the Kankakee County Courthouse drew pastors and lay leaders from several religious congregations, including Fr. John Peeters, CSV, pastor of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kankakee. They gathered as … Continue reading

Ninth Annual Viatorian Youth Congress Opens

published on: July 23, 2018

Let the Viatorian Youth Congress begin! Some 40 delegates — representing all the places where Viatorians minister — converged today on the Cabrini Retreat Center in Des Plaines, IL for a four-day event that is part retreat, part youth rally and part leadership conference. Associate … Continue reading

Training Begins for Viatorian Youth Congress

published on: July 19, 2018

Buddy Miller returns for his fourth time to the Viatorian Youth Congress, but this time he is the young adult coordinator, driving the youth-driven congress as a mentor and leader. Nearly 80 young people will be assembling next week at … Continue reading

Fr. Robert M. Egan, CSV, Elected Superior General

published on: July 17, 2018

He has led the Viatorians in this country and in Colombia, as Provincial Superior — twice — and now Fr. Robert M. Egan, CSV, has been elected Superior General of the worldwide congregation of the Clerics of St. Viator. The … Continue reading

Chicago Province Welcomes International Viatorians

published on: July 16, 2018

The same day that France won the World Cup, delegates to the Viatorian General Chapter — which is being conducted in French — arrived at the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights for a dinner and social. The excitement was … Continue reading

Viatorian Scholarship Recipient Graduates at Top of Her Class

published on: July 11, 2018

The Viatorian Community began ministering in Belize in 1998 and remained there until 2014, when they turned over St. Francis Xavier Parish to the Franciscans. But they still support its families through financial contributions and scholarships. During a recent trip … Continue reading

Work Begins on Cristo Rey St. Viator Las Vegas

published on: July 10, 2018

The Viatorians’ newest school, Cristo Rey St. Viator Las Vegas College Prep, took another step in becoming reality. Late last month, Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, president of the school, signed a contract with Bentar Development to be the general … Continue reading

The 30th General Chapter of the Clerics of St. Viator Opens

published on: July 9, 2018

It happens only once every six years. That’s when Viatorian delegates from around the world gather for the congregation’s General Chapter meeting. In the past, it has taken place in Rome but this year its 30th edition takes place in Mundelein, IL, site … Continue reading