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A Thanksgiving Tradition that Works

published on: December 1, 2017

At St. Thomas More Catholic Community in Henderson, NV, Thanksgiving is a working holiday. For more than 20 years, families gather together to deliver holiday dinners with all the trimmings — and even a table centerpiece — to homebound seniors, the … Continue reading

Viatorian Giving Garden Hunkers Down for the Winter

published on: November 28, 2017

It’s a wrap. After productive growing seasons in the summer and early fall, gardeners working their plots in the Viatorian Giving Garden have cleaned out their beds and prepared the soil for winter. Associate John Dussman, who coordinated the garden ministry, … Continue reading

Vegas Teens Represent City at National Catholic Youth Conference

published on: November 21, 2017

On the surface, it looked as though Associates Rosy Hartz and Deborah Perez were taking teens from St. Viator Catholic Community’s youth ministry group to the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. But at this distinctly Catholic setting, where young people encounter Christ … Continue reading

Viatorians Elected to Attend General Chapter

published on: November 20, 2017

After a day-long meeting Friday at the  Province Center, four emerged as the delegates to represent Viatorians from this country at next summer’s General Chapter, considered the most important gathering of the worldwide Viatorian Community. Fr. Thomas von Behren, Br. Michael Gosch, Fr. … Continue reading

Viatorians Gather to Prepare for General Chapter Meeting

published on: November 17, 2017

It seemed like old home week when Viatorians from Las Vegas, Bourbonnais and even tiny St. Anne, Illinois all converged on the Province Center for a day-long meeting. But serious business was taking place. It happens only once every six … Continue reading

Flagship Parish Turns 90

published on: November 15, 2017

Viatorians have been ministering at St. Viator Parish in Chicago since 1888, but its present church dates back to 1927, when the magnificent building began construction. In light of its 90th anniversary, Fr. Patrick Render, CSV, pastor, has asked parishioners, alumni and supporters … Continue reading

St. George Parishioners “Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus” on Pilgrimage

published on: November 14, 2017

It has been an historic week for a group of pilgrims from St. George Parish in Bourbonnais. Led by their pastor, Fr. Dan Belanger, CSV, they traveled to the Holy Land, to walk in the path of Jesus — from … Continue reading

Scientist, Artist and Friend of Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep

published on: November 13, 2017

Fr. John Milton, CSV, will do anything to help Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in suburban Waukegan, even if it means dusting off his paint brush. A physicist by profession, Fr. Milton joined students last month to customize a … Continue reading

Viatorian Associates Help Spread Charism in Colombia

published on: November 10, 2017

Vocations to the Viatorian Community are growing in Colombia, particularly among lay associates. Most recently, a group of associates re-committed themselves to the Viatorian Community during a ceremony led by Fr. Gustavo López, CSV, association director, and Fr. Pedro Herrera, … Continue reading

A Vision To Advance Interfaith Dialogue is Growing

published on: November 8, 2017

Back in 2011, Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, co-founded the Children of Abraham Coalition in response to the growing religious-based hatred on the rise after the tragedies of 9/11. Its stated mission was to educate young people about different faiths as well as to … Continue reading

Taizé Prayer Service Returns to the Province Center

published on: November 7, 2017

After spending the last three years at Saint Viator High School, the popular Taizé prayer service returns Nov. 8 to the Province Center chapel in Arlington Heights. In staying with past tradition, the one hour prayer service will take place at 7:30 … Continue reading

Viatorian Meets Military Hero

published on: November 6, 2017

Fr. Dan Hall, CSV, is a military veteran, who served two tours of duty in Vietnam in the Army’s special services and spent seven years in the Marines as a chaplain. He brings up his military experience often at Saint Viator High School, … Continue reading

All Souls Day: A Reason for Hope

published on: November 2, 2017

Fr. Robert Bolser, CSV, has witnessed different customs for remembering the dead, from Colombia to Mexico and even among his own Viatorians, where traditionally they would visit the graves of those that went before them. But on this All Souls … Continue reading

Modern Day Saints are ‘Examples of Love’

published on: November 1, 2017

Fr. Daniel Lydon, CSV, celebrated All Saints Day Mass at Saint Viator High School — before a jam-packed crowd. Not only was the entire student body in attendance, but some 180 grandparents who responded to the school’s Grandparents’ Day invitation. … Continue reading

As Anniversary of Reformation Approaches, We are Called to a New Ecumenism

published on: October 30, 2017

Oct. 31, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary since Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, nailed his “95 Theses,” or list of objections to the Catholic teachings and practices of the time, to the door of his hometown church. His grievances eventually led … Continue reading

Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep Looking Forward to Move

published on: October 26, 2017

Things are looking up at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, with only months to go before they move into their new campus. But they haven’t forgotten where they came from. Meet Jahi Brown, a 2013 CRSM grad now working … Continue reading

Hearts of Hope Mission Group Works Year Round

published on: October 25, 2017

An ordinary school day at Bishop McNamara High School in Kankakee turned into a memorable one, when Associates Ken and Michelle Barrie paid an impromptu visit to some of their youth ministry members during lunch. Accompanied by Fr. Dan Belanger, … Continue reading

Young People Bring Taizé Prayer to St. Viator Catholic Community

published on: October 24, 2017

Parishioners at St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas now can attend a Taizé prayer service once a month — and they have young faith leaders to thank. Vanessa Marshall and Daniel Skurski are students at the University of Nevada … Continue reading

Feliz día de San Viator!

published on: October 23, 2017

Viatorians around the world celebrated the feast day of their patron, St. Viator, on Oct. 21, but at their newest school, Colegio San Viator in Tunja, Colombia, it was a first. Br. Juan Carlos Ubaque, CSV, who directs pastoral efforts … Continue reading

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