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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

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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

Viatorians Drawing Notice for Work with Immigrants

published on: September 26, 2018

At the opening of Hispanic Heritage Month, an organization in Kankakee honored Fr. John Peeters, CSV, for his exceptional leadership, character and dedication to the Hispanic community living in the Kankakee River Valley. Officials with the Kankakee County Hispanic Partnership are … Continue reading

Historic General Council Meeting Opens

published on: September 25, 2018

Let the new mandate begin! Just six weeks after being elected Superior General of the Clerics of St. Viator, Fr. Mick Egan, CSV, opened his first meeting with his General Council — and it was a historic one. For the … Continue reading

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