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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

Viatorian Coaches Mathletes to State Title

published on: May 8, 2017

Saint Viator High School’s math team took the state contest by storm over the weekend, finishing ninth in the state championship, hosted by the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Little did the rest of the field know one of … Continue reading

Viatorian Community Council: A Unique Model of Collaboration

published on: May 2, 2017

Members of the Viatorian Community Council took their seats today for their last time together this term. Elected from their respective regions, their three-year term is up and members took the opportunity to reflect on their roles, while still get down to the business of making plans … Continue reading

Saint Viator High School Brings Home Another State Champion

published on: May 1, 2017

In its more than 50-year history, Saint Viator High School has always had a student newspaper. Whether it was the Lion Lector, Viator Voyageur or Viator Voice, students were encouraged to report school news and publish a regular edition of … Continue reading

New Provincial Council Complete

published on: April 27, 2017

A little more than one week after Fr. Robert M. Egan, CSV, was elected as provincial and two of his four Provincial Council members were elected — Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, and Fr. Dan Hall, CSV — the remaining two … Continue reading

Colegio San Viator Named One of the Best Schools in Bogotá

published on: April 25, 2017

One year after being certified as an International Baccalaureate School (IB), Colegio San Viator in Bogotá, Colombia stands apart again. Last month, administrators learned the colegio had received the Col-Sapiens certification as one of the best schools in Colombia. Col-Sapiens rates schools … Continue reading

Historic Viatorian Parish Celebrates Its Feast Day

published on: April 24, 2017

Parishioners at historic St. George Parish in Bourbonnais celebrated their feast day on Sunday, April 23 with a Mass and reception afterwards, but just hearing the story of their patron saint always serves to inspire them. As far as historians can … Continue reading

Election of New Provincial Superior Carries on Tradition

published on: April 20, 2017

Exactly 50 years ago, in 1967, Viatorians voted at their General Chapter meeting to give members the chance to nominate and elect a provincial superior and members of his provincial council — rather than have them appointed by the superior … Continue reading

New Provincial Superior of the Viatorians Elected

published on: April 19, 2017

For the first time in 12 years, members of the Viatorian Community elected a new provincial superior. It took just one ballot, and after all the votes were counted — in Arlington Heights, Colombia and Las Vegas — Fr. Robert M. … Continue reading

Let Easter Joy Embrace Our World

published on: April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday, 2017! As we once again enter into the story of the gospel, we are asked to join with Mary Magdalene and the other women as they walk to the tomb early that Sunday morning. They wonder who will … Continue reading

Viatorians Celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper

published on: April 13, 2017

Passover, washing the feet, table fellowship, the Eucharist and the procession with the Blessed Sacrament to an altar of repose. These rituals from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper haven’t changed in nearly 2,000 years, but their solemn message of servant leadership — and nourishment from receiving the … Continue reading

Chrism Mass Kicks Off Holy Week for Viatorians

published on: April 11, 2017

Viatorians priests across the Province of Chicago carried out a tradition that is steeped in tradition, in attending the Chrism Mass. It dates back to the early church, when the bishop consecrated holy oils used during the sacraments for the rest of the year, and … Continue reading

Viatorians Trade Parishes for One Weekend

published on: April 10, 2017

Parishioners at St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas and St. Thomas More in Henderson, NV, did a double take earlier this month. That’s because Viatorians at both parishes did a “pulpit exchange,” where they celebrated Mass at one another’s … Continue reading

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