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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


Associates Step Up to Offer Free Tax Preparation

published on: April 25, 2018

Associates Jackie Dupon and John Dussman concede that they are not accountants by profession. John works in sales with the newspaper industry, while Jackie made her career as a physical therapist before retiring. “But I was a math major before … Continue reading


Fine Arts Remains a Priority for Colegio San Viator in Colombia

published on: April 23, 2018

After 25 years of service as the main hall for artistic and cultural events, the Kenneth Morris, CSV, auditorium has received a well-deserved renovation. Some of these changes include state of the art, sound and lighting systems, comfortable seats and … Continue reading


Viatorians Work to Empower Young People

published on: April 20, 2018

Viatorians never waiver from one of their core ministries, “to minister to and with young people.” One week after meeting with youth ministers from across the Bourbonnais/Kankakee region, Viatorians converged at the Diocesan Center in Joliet to attend a national … Continue reading


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