Fr. Daniel Lydon, CSV, reached eight years of religious life this year, and three as a priest, as his journey with the Viatorians continues.
Just this month, he arrived at Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais to serve as an associate pastor. After a career serving in secondary education, he now switches gears to serve families in a parish.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Fr. Dan said recently, though he served at St. Viator Parish in Chicago while he attended Catholic Theological Union for seminary studies.
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.”
While at Saint Viator, he taught religion and Spanish and also served in its administration. Most recently, teaching worked 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.
He now looks forward to bringing his experience — with students and adults — to his new parish, where he expects to assist with sacramental ministry and be a supporting presence in the school.
Story updated Aug. 28, 2018