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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


Vacation Bible School: Where Faith and Fun Come Together

published on: July 6, 2017

Don’t look now, but 65 children at St. Thomas More Catholic Community in Henderson, NV became hands-on inventors during last week’s Vacation Bible School, where they discovered they’re lovingly crafted by God — and built for a purpose. The parish center … Continue reading


Viatorians Pitch in to Paint Classrooms at Bishop McNamara High School

published on: June 28, 2017

Several Viatorian associates in Bourbonnais took the lead in a project aimed at freshening up classrooms at Bishop McNamara High School in Kankakee — and promoting Catholic education in the Bourbonnais and Kankakee region. Associate David Surprenant asked for volunteers after … Continue reading


St. Patrick’s Welcomes Native Son Home to Say First Mass

published on: June 27, 2017

Fr. Giles Maria Barrie, CFR, was ordained to the priesthood May 27 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, but he returned to his native Kankakee and St. Patrick’s Church to say one of his first … Continue reading


Heart of School Award Winner Steeped in Viatorian Tradition

published on: June 26, 2017

Jim Dippold, campus ministry director at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan, recently won the Heart of School award from the Archdiocese of Chicago, but Viatorians have known him to be a winner all along. Since Dippold arrived … Continue reading


Provincial Makes an Emotional Farewell

published on: June 22, 2017

Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, gave his last speech at the Provincial Assembly, but it wasn’t about community business. Instead, he thanked members of the Viatorian Community for supporting him as provincial over the last 12 years and he asked for … Continue reading


Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, Celebrates 50 Years of Religious Life

published on: June 22, 2017

Celebrating Mass in the chapel at the Viatorian Province Center — where 50 years ago he first professed his vows as a religious brother — Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, reflected on God’s goodness. “We gather in prayer,” he said, “grateful to … Continue reading


Provincial Assembly Draws Viatorian Community Together

published on: June 21, 2017

Every summer, members of the Viatorian Community gather for the annual provincial assembly, but the three-day conference is more than a social gathering. Approximately 80 associates, brothers and priests converged on Saint Viator High School Tuesday, and right from the start … Continue reading


Fr. Dan Nolan, CSV, Returns to St. Thomas More as Pastor

published on: June 19, 2017

Parishioners at St. Thomas More Catholic Community in Henderson, NV, have waited two months to learn the name of their new pastor, after Fr. Mick Egan, CSV, was called back to the Viatorian Province Center to serve as provincial. On … Continue reading


A Return to the Border with Young People

published on: June 19, 2017

For the third time in less than two years, Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, has led 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 … Continue reading


Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, Takes Pastoral Counseling to New Heights

published on: June 19, 2017

At St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas, parishioners enjoy hearing homilies so much from Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, pastor — they describe it as storytelling. “He’s a natural,” says parishioner Robert Cochrane. “He is so calming and yet he still has … Continue reading


St. Thomas More Bids Emotional Farewell to Pastor

published on: June 19, 2017

At St. Thomas More Catholic Community in Henderson, Nevada, the line stretched out the door of the parish center, with families wishing to thank their pastor for his time with them. Fr. Mick Egan, CSV, offered his last Mass on Sunday … Continue reading


Viatorians Continue to Inspire Cristo Rey St. Martin Students

published on: June 7, 2017

Viatorians have stood behind Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep since the day it opened in 2004, when Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, served as its founding president. The school has continued to grow, and Viatorians have served on its faculty and … Continue reading


It’s a Wrap!

published on: June 6, 2017

After 12 years as provincial of the Viatorian Community, and two days after the installation of a new provincial, Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, relaxed. He and Br. Carlos Ernesto Florez, CSV, invited the staff to a barbeque lunch, during which … Continue reading


New Viatorian Provincial Superior Installed

published on: June 5, 2017

For the first time in 12 years, a new Provincial Superior leads the Viatorian Community in the United States and Colombia. Fr. Mick Egan, CSV, was elected by his confreres in April and installed on Sunday during a ceremony that … Continue reading


Viatorian Community Reflects a Long Line of Gardeners

published on: June 1, 2017

A new club is taking root at Saint Viator High School: the Veggie Lions. They take their name from their gardening mission and they are the latest gardeners to take over a plot at the Viatorian Community Garden. Fr. Dan Hall, CSV, … Continue reading


Interest in Viatorian Community Garden Keeps Growing

published on: May 30, 2017

Five years ago, Fr. Daniel Hall, CSV, launched an initiative to help provide nutritious vegetables to families in the Northwest suburbs, struggling to put food on the table. Right from the outset, all of the garden’s output was donated to … Continue reading


Viatorians Part of First Baccalaureate Mass for New School System

published on: May 26, 2017

Viatorians around the world commit to ministering with young people and help raise them in the faith. That commitment was on display this month when the three Viatorian pastors of parishes in the Kankakee area helped Bishop McNamara High School to celebrate its … Continue reading


Viatorians Pray for Beatification of Fr. Louis Querbes

published on: May 25, 2017

Every day of the year, retired Viatorians living in the Province Center offer up a prayer during their morning Mass for the beatification of their founder, Fr. Louis Querbes. Even now, exactly 10 years after Fr. Querbes was declared a “Servant of … Continue reading


Erdmann Award Winner Reflects Viatorian Legacy

published on: May 24, 2017

It has been nearly 50 years since the Christopher Cup was established at Saint Viator High School, in memory of Christopher Erdmann, who succumbed to leukemia in 1968. Decades later, his memory is reflected each year in the one senior who best … Continue reading


Viatorians Continue to Support Cristo Rey St. Martin

published on: May 15, 2017

The Viatorians have been behind Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep since the day it opened in 2004, when Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, served as president. The school has continued to grow, both in numbers and square footage, with phase … Continue reading


Chicago Archdiocese Honors Viatorian for “Extraordinary Conviction”

published on: May 9, 2017

Anyone who knows Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, knows his passion for social justice and in particular, his mission to advance justice for immigrants. On Monday, at the Keep Hope Alive benefit, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago and its Immigration … Continue reading