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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

Reflections on Independence Day

published on: July 3, 2018

Fr. Michael Keliher, CSV, leads St. Thomas More Catholic Community in Henderson, NV, as its administrator. In a recent bulletin, he shared these reflections as our country celebrates its independence: “As a grateful nation pauses to give thanks to God ‘who … Continue reading

Las Vegas Students Change Lives — in Just 5 Days

published on: July 3, 2018

The homeless population in Las Vegas and Clark County ranks 8th highest in the country, with nearly 25,000 Southern Nevadans, including families with children, experiencing homelessness this year alone. Faced with this type of need, right in their own backyards, … Continue reading

Parishioners Help Prepare St. Viator Church for Milestone Anniversary

published on: June 28, 2018

Viatorians established St. Viator Parish in 1888, in Chicago, or more than 125 years ago, but the cornerstone for the present church was laid in November of 1928. Consequently, this fall will mark its 90th anniversary — and 90 years of people worshiping in … Continue reading

St. George Garden Club Creates Sacred Space on Church Grounds

published on: June 27, 2018

Pay a visit to St. George Parish in Bourbonnais, IL and the first thing you’re likely to notice are the extensive gardens spread across the church grounds. The St. George Garden Club formed eight years ago to beautify the parish and … Continue reading

Cristo Rey St. Viator Las Vegas Drawing Increasing Support

published on: June 26, 2018

As the groundbreaking for Cristo Rey St. Viator Las Vegas College Prep, support for the new Viatorian school continues to grow. Just last week, Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, president of the school, brought out a pair of veteran Las … Continue reading

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