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Viatorian Superior General and General Council Pay a Visit

published on: September 12, 2017

It happens only once every six years. That’s how often Fr. Alain Ambeault, CSV, Viatorian Superior General and his General Council members are mandated by the community’s bylaws to make a pastoral visit to each province. They opened their visit to the … Continue reading

Viatorians Inspired by the Presence of Pope Francis in Colombia

published on: September 11, 2017

Viva Francisco! More than one million people lined the route to Simon Bolívar Park in Bogotá, to greet Pope Francis before he celebrated his first public Mass during his recent visit to Colombia — and Viatorians were in attendance. Six Viatorians were among the … Continue reading

Promoting Interfaith Dialogue as 9/11 Approaches

published on: September 8, 2017

Salaam, Shalom, Peace. Those three words continue to drive an interfaith coalition — started by Fr. Corey Brost, CSV — that draws teens and adults of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faith traditions. The Children of Abraham Coalition hosted its … Continue reading

Viatorian College President Calls for Protection of Dreamers

published on: September 6, 2017

As president of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, reacted sharply to the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. He issued a statement that affirmed the position of the Catholic Church, … Continue reading

Viatorian Community Garden Keeps on Giving

published on: September 5, 2017

It may be the end of summer, but the Viatorian Community Garden, on the grounds of the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights is just getting started. Beginning in mid-July, the 14 beds in the garden began to produce and by the … Continue reading

Viatorians Worldwide Observe Querbes Day

published on: September 1, 2017

Viatorians around the world pause every Sept. 1 to remember their founder, Fr. Louis Querbes, who founded the congregation in 1831 in Vourles, France, where he served as pastor of a small church. He passed away Sept. 1, 1859 at the age … Continue reading

International Presence Growing at Saint Viator High School

published on: August 30, 2017

It was five years ago that Saint Viator High School formally started its Rev. Mark R. Francis, CSV, International Program. Its goal was to provide a supportive environment that would help students develop cultural understanding necessary to succeed in school. … Continue reading

Viatorians Join With Faith Leaders in Rejoicing Over the Signing of the Trust Act in Illinois

published on: August 29, 2017

Viatorians are rejoicing today. There is strength in numbers. Earlier this month, Viatorians from across the Chicago Province joined with more than 200 other faith leaders in signing a letter urging Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign into law sign SB-31, or the “TRUST … Continue reading

Viatorians Thinking Outside the Box to Empower Students

published on: August 28, 2017

Br. Rob Robertson, CSV, moved west to Las Vegas in 2015 to begin a new career as a junior high counselor at St. Viator Catholic Community — after serving teens at Saint Viator High School for 20 years. Right away, he … Continue reading

Coordinator of Vocation Ministry Named: Br. John Eustice, CSV

published on: August 23, 2017

At the first meeting of the new Viatorian Provincial Council, one of their first orders of business was to select a Coordinator of Vocation Ministry. Turns out, he was sitting at that same table: Br. John Eustice, CSV, who also … Continue reading

Saint Viator High School Draws Back One of Its Own

published on: August 21, 2017

It has been 30 years since Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, took over as principal of Saint Viator High School as it merged with the former Sacred Heart of Mary High School to become a co-educational institution. Ultimately,  he would be named … Continue reading

Viatorians Support Bishop McNamara School with New Ministry

published on: August 16, 2017

Excitement is running high at the start of the second year of Bishop McNamara Catholic School as one Preschool – 12th grade system.  Bishop McNamara is now the Catholic school in the Kankakee county area and educates a total of 900 students at … Continue reading

Life Teen Program Reflects Viatorian Commitment to Youth

published on: August 15, 2017

If St. Thomas More Catholic Community is one of the largest parishes in Southern Nevada — with more than 6,700 families — it should come as no surprise that its Life Teen program is a vibrant youth ministry, drawing teens from … Continue reading

Responding to the Violence in Charlottesville

published on: August 14, 2017

Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, serves as president of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He issued this response to the deadly unrest which took place Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, VA, and in doing so, he reflected the thoughts of many of the … Continue reading

The Newest Viatorian Priest is Ordained

published on: August 11, 2017

More than 50 years after Viatorians first arrived as missionaries in Colombia, vocations to the Viatorian Community continue to grow. Fr. Fredy Contreras, CSV, who is a native of Tunja, Colombia, is the latest Viatorian priest to be ordained and his ordination continues to … Continue reading

Colegio San Viator Tunja Formally Dedicated

published on: August 9, 2017

Back in February, Colegio San Viator opened its doors in Tunja, Colombia as the second Viatorian school in the South American country. Now, six months later, it features a newly dedicated plaza and park which formally stamps it as a Viatorian school. The … Continue reading

First Commitment by Viatorian Associates Marks Anniversary

published on: August 3, 2017

Nearly every Provincial Assembly includes the commitments or re-commitments of Viatorian associates, yet the ones made by five associates back in 1999 were groundbreaking. Associates Mary Jane Bucher, Mary Finks, Marilyn Mulcahy, John Ohlendorf and Reisha Raymond made their commitments … Continue reading

Hearts of Hope Mission Immerses Teens in Service

published on: August 2, 2017

For the 14th year, a mission trip developed by a pair of Viatorian associates brought teens to carry out service for the poor and marginalized, right in their own backyards. The Hearts of Hope Youth Ministry draws teens from parishes in Kankakee. … Continue reading

New Look Taking Shape at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep

published on: August 1, 2017

Viatorians were among the first to get a behind the scenes look at progress being made on the new, permanent campus under construction for Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, in Waukegan. Both Fr. John Milton, CSV, and Associate Jim Thomas were among … Continue reading

New Provincial Council Gets to Work

published on: July 31, 2017

Three months after they were elected and six weeks after they were installed, Fr. Mick Egan, CSV, and members of his Provincial Council — Br. John Eustice, Fr. Mark Francis, Fr. Dan Hall and Fr. Albeyro Vanegas — got down … Continue reading

Kairos Retreat and the Viatorians Reach 25 Years Together

published on: July 27, 2017

It has been 25 years since Br. Rob Robertson, CSV, helped to bring the Kairos Retreat to Saint Viator High School and its legacy continues to impact schools and parishes where Viatorians minister. The latest retreat — Kairos 78 — took … Continue reading

Seeing God’s Creation on the Grounds of the Viatorian Province Center

published on: July 25, 2017

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 nearly seven acres of land, dotted with close … Continue reading

Viatorian Youth Congress Convenes for 8th Year

published on: July 24, 2017

Let the Viatorian Youth Congress begin! Some 45 delegates — representing all the places where Viatorians minister — converged today on the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL for a four-day event that is part retreat, part youth rally and part leadership … Continue reading

Camp MOSH Blankets Bourbonnais

published on: July 21, 2017

Nearly 85 signs turned up across Boubonnais and Kankakee this week, with this message: Another project blessed by Camp MOSH. They pointed to service projects completed by teens from Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, who participated in its summer … Continue reading

Viatorians Carry on Tradition of St. Anne Novena

published on: July 20, 2017

For nearly 100 years, Viatorians have continued a devotion to St. Anne through a nine-day novena that culminates on her feast day, July 26. Viatorian priests have run the historic St. Anne Church — located in tiny St. Anne, IL and site … Continue reading

Recognizing Jubilees of Professed and Associate Viatorians

published on: July 19, 2017

Honoring jubilarians. It’s a highlight of the Provincial Assembly every year, and increasingly that means both professed and associates. Ever since 2012, when the General Chapter affirmed that associates and professed Viatorian members are to be valued equally, members of the … Continue reading

Viatorian Vision Reflected in Service & Song Camp

published on: July 18, 2017

The vision of Fr. Louis Querbes — to embrace those accounted of little importance — permeated the 4th annual Service & Song Camp at Saint Viator High School. Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, launched the unique camp in 2013 and each year more … Continue reading

Looking Ahead to 8th Annual Viatorian Youth Congress

published on: July 12, 2017

Excitement is running high. In a less than two weeks, the 8th annual Viatorian Youth Congress convenes. This year, 45 delegates — representing all the places where Viatorians minister — will converge on the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, … Continue reading

Las Vegas Students Change Lives — in Just 5 Days

published on: July 10, 2017

Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest private, nonprofit community rehabilitation program, serving nearly 2,000 adults with disabilities. Yet, to middle school students from St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas, it was all new. Last month, they spent five days working … Continue reading

Province Center Gateway Ushers in Beauty of Summer

published on: July 6, 2017

The stone arches that greet visitors at the entrance of the Viatorian Province Center serve as a gateway to the beauty of the grounds themselves. Nearly 100 trees and lush gardens dot the campus in Northwest suburban Arlington Heights, which the Viatorians converted … Continue reading