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World War I and the Viatorians

published on: April 6, 2017

It has been 100 years since the United States entered World War I, which would become known as the “war to end all wars.” Viatorian priests played prominent roles as chaplains during the war, however nowhere was the war effort felt more … Continue reading

Lenten Retreat Draws Viatorians in Western Region Together

published on: April 5, 2017

Sitting amid rose gardens, praying at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, and reflecting with others about journeying through Lent. Those elements added up to a meaningful morning of reflection this month for members of the Viatorians’ western region. It took place on the … Continue reading

Viatorians in Colombia Rally Around People of Mocoa

published on: April 4, 2017

The city of Mocoa is hundreds of miles away from Viatorians living and working in Bogotá and in Tunja, but the families affected by this devastating flooding and mudslides are on the minds of all Colombians. In response to the weekend disaster, … Continue reading

Lenten Offering Makes a Difference

published on: April 3, 2017

At the end of Sunday Mass at rural St. George Parish in Bourbonnais, children come up to the altar to empty their piggy banks. While the scene is heartwarming, it makes an impact. Each week during Lent, the children have … Continue reading

Lenten Reflections with the Viatorians

published on: March 31, 2017

Fr. Robert Bolser, CSV, retired last year as associate pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Community in Henderson and moved back to the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights. He reflected at Mass recently about God’s unconditional love guiding his long ministry, … Continue reading

Prayers to Reunite Syrian Family Answered

published on: March 31, 2017

Good news! Six months after the Viatorian Community gathered with Sisters of the Living Word to pray for a Syrian refugee family to be reunited, their prayers have been answered. “Recently, we learned that Marwan’s wife and daughter have been … Continue reading

Bishop Gorman High School Hosts a Celebration of Service

published on: March 28, 2017

At Bishop Gorman High School’s signature event, the Knight of the Gael, Viatorians were among those honored this year for their dedication to the school — and to Catholic education. In all, school officials honored 15 faculty and staff members … Continue reading

Lent: A Time of Transformation

published on: March 17, 2017

Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, offers today’s reflection. Most recently, he served as pastor of St. Viator Parish in Chicago, but he also has led Saint Viator High School as president, Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas as principal, and … Continue reading

Colegio San Viator in Bogotá Racks Up Another Honor

published on: March 15, 2017

Less than one year after being authorized as an International Baccalaureate School, Colegio San Viator in Bogotá, Colombia stands apart again. This month, administrators learned the colegio had been selected as one of five schools in Colombia — for its success in quality management … Continue reading

Saint Viator High School Introduces New Principal

published on: March 14, 2017

Viatorians turned over their flagship high school to a 19-year career educator, whose experience in Catholic education includes 14 years as a teacher and administrator at Jesuit High School in Portland, OR, and the last five years as assistant principal … Continue reading

President of Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep Honored

published on: March 13, 2017

Preston Kendall, president of Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, continues to draw attention to the school and its mission of providing academic excellence for students of limited economic means. Most recently, Kendall won the Dorothy Day leadership award on March 8 from the … Continue reading

Journey Through Lent with the Viatorians

published on: March 8, 2017

Fr. Larry Lentz, CSV, is a former English teacher and administrator at Saint Viator High School. He now serves as associate pastor of St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas, as well as associate provincial. Here is his reflection: “Regardless … Continue reading

An Empowering Night for the Viatorians

published on: March 6, 2017

Viatorians and the impact of a Viatorian education drove the success of Saint Viator High School’s Night of the Lion fundraiser Saturday night.The school’s largest fundraiser took place at the school and wove guests from the opening reception in Querbes Hall to … Continue reading

Journey Through Lent with the Viatorians

published on: March 3, 2017

Fr. Mick Egan, CSV, leads more than 6,000 families as pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Community in suburban Las Vegas, where this summer he will celebrate 40 years of priesthood. He writes a weekly column — published online and in … Continue reading

Lenten Reflections from the Viatorians

published on: March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday brings to mind one thing to Fr. John Milton, CSV: sacramentals. Here’s his reflection on them and their role in the liturgical season of Lent. Sacramentals: Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican Christians use them. They are signs of sacred … Continue reading

LA Youth Day Rallies Las Vegas Teens

published on: February 27, 2017

#WHATAREYOUWAITINGFOR That simple theme permeated this year’s Youth Day held at the Anaheim Convention Center near Los Angeles. It served to uplift the more than 7,000 young people in attendance — including a group from St. Viator Catholic Community — and … Continue reading

At Maternity BVM Parish, Faith Formation Can be Fun

published on: February 24, 2017

Fr. Richard Pighini, CSV, celebrated a closing Mass at a recent retreat for students preparing for confirmation. But the liturgy had a distinct look about it. At first glance, it looked like leaders of the recent confirmation retreat were wearing … Continue reading

Standing with Brothers and Sisters in Faith

published on: February 21, 2017

With President Donald Trump’s revised order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations expected this week, faith leaders from several religions gathered Monday for an interfaith breakfast  at Chicago’s Downtown Islamic Center. Among them was Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, an attorney and human … Continue reading

Viatorians, Lincoln and St. Rose of Lima Parish

published on: February 17, 2017

Connie Licon, executive director of the Kankakee County Museum described it as a “miracle” when a rare sculpture of Abraham Lincoln’s hand was found, 14 months after it had been stolen. The discovery took place in a pew at St. … Continue reading

Landmark Case Involving the Viatorians Surfaces After 40 Years

published on: February 16, 2017

Back in the 1970s, a debate over whether to allow the Clerics of St. Viator to sell land east of Saint Viator High School to be developed into low income housing, was so contentious, that it made it all the … Continue reading

Extraordinary General Council Wraps Up in Vourles, France

published on: February 15, 2017

Viatorians from around the world wrapped up a five-day conference — the Extraordinary General Council — that took place in Vourles, France, affectionately known as the cradle of the community. Fr. Louis Querbes started the Clerics of St. Viator there in 1831. The … Continue reading

What Goes Around Comes Around for These Two Viatorians

published on: February 9, 2017

Nearly nine years ago, a pair of Viatorian brothers knelt before their Provincial Superior, Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, and pledged their perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience — and promised to spend the rest of their lives in … Continue reading

Volunteers Lining Up to Support Viator House of Hospitality

published on: February 6, 2017

Volunteers filled every seat in the meeting room of the Viatorian Province Center — and then some. They grabbed dining room chairs and those from other rooms in order to sit in on the first training session led by Fr. Corey Brost, … Continue reading

Viatorians Stand in Solidarity with Refugees Seeking Resettlement

published on: February 1, 2017

On behalf of the Provincial Council and the Clerics of St. Viator — and as Catholic priests and brothers — we stand in solidarity with those refugees seeking resettlement/asylum in the United States through the approved U.S. Refugees Resettlement Program.  Our faith … Continue reading

Colegio San Viator Opens in Tunja, Colombia

published on: January 31, 2017

The Viatorian Community experienced an exciting new milestone this week, with the opening of its second school in Colombia. Colegio San Viator opened its doors as a Viatorian-run school — with an enrollment more than double its previous year, and with … Continue reading

International Students at Saint Viator High School Share Their Culture

published on: January 30, 2017

Chinese dragons, zodiac symbols and red tablecloths, oh my! One step into Querbes Hall at Saint Viator High School on Friday and students knew this was no ordinary lunch period. In fact, students in the Fr. Mark R. Francis, CSV, … Continue reading

Reflections on New Beginnings and a Prayerful Response

published on: January 27, 2017

Fr. Patrick Render, CSV, serves as pastor of St. Viator Parish in Chicago, a diverse parish on Chicago’s west side that dates back more than 125 years. Each week, he offers a reflection and this one is particularly timely given … Continue reading

Coach Mike Taylor: Partnering with the Viatorians for 36 Years

published on: January 25, 2017

It was 1981 when Coach Mike Taylor began coaching boys’ soccer at Saint Viator High School. More than 600 games later, and now heading up both the boys’ and girls’ soccer programs, Coach Taylor counts himself a Lion for Life. … Continue reading

Vocations Continue to Grow in Colombia

published on: January 18, 2017

The steady stream of  vocations continues in Colombia, where Viatorians now run two schools — Colegio San Viator in Colombia and Colegio San Viator in Tunja. Most recently,  Br. Jhobany Orduz, CSV, and Br. William Pardo, CSV, renewed their temporary profession in a chapel at … Continue reading

Students Help Prepare Viator House of Hospitality for Opening

published on: January 17, 2017

No matter where Viatorians serve, they remain committed to young people — and to “those accounted of little importance.” That commitment was evident Saturday, when Viatorians led a group of Saint Viator High School students joined with their peers from Cristo Rey St. Martin … Continue reading