Fr. Daniel Lydon, CSV, will reach seven years of religious life this year, and two as a priest, but his connection to the Viatorian Community stretches back much further.
He first met the Viatorians in 1969, as a freshman at Saint Viator High School. Some 20 years later he would return, hired by Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, to teach Spanish. Ultimately, he would land in administration and act on his calling to become a religious.
“Sometimes we never know about these turn of events,” Fr. Dan said at his ordination in 2015. “If Fr. Bolser hadn’t hired me in 1994, you just never know what would have happened.”
Fr. Dan took time away from Saint Viator, to complete his seminary studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Now back, he is teaching full time while also working to promote adult faith formation, both for faculty and staff, as well as parents.
Working with Mrs. Rita King, another religion teacher, they offer monthly service opportunities, prayer services, a Lenten book club and quarterly family Masses.
Fr. Dan also works with retired Viatorians to get their reflections on the upcoming Sunday gospels, which he shares each week in an e-blast to thousands of Saint Viator alumni, families and students.
Wearing so many hats keeps this Viatorian busy, but he finds his work fulfilling. Advancing faith formation for adults helps Saint Viator High School meet one of the core standards for effective Catholic schools, as published by the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness at Loyola University in Chicago.