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Meet Associate Susan Surprenant

October 13, 2016

Associate Susan Surprenant cannot remember a time without Viatorians in her life.surprenants_biophoto_2014crop8x10

The Kankakee native grew up in St. Rose of Lima Parish, where Viatorians helped in sacramental ministry and her mother was the church secretary. Her grandparents lived across the street from Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, where Viatorians have served for more than 150 years, and she often accompanied them to church.

Viatorians then helped to educate Susan and her sisters at Bishop McNamara High School.

Associates Susan and David Surprenant

Associates Susan and David Surprenant

It should come as no surprise that as an adult, Susan and her husband, David, also a Bishop McNamara alum, joined the Viatorian Community as lay associates.

The couple own a dairy farm in Manteno, IL, but they also actively participate in their parish along side of Viatorians, at St. George Church in Bourbonnais.

Associate Susan Surprenant, second row, second from right, with the St. George Choir

Associate Susan Surprenant, second row, second from right, with the St. George Choir

Susan has worked as a part-time secretary, pastoral associate and now as bookkeeper. As a Viatorian associate, she also serves as a Eucharistic minister, lector and choir member at St. George, while also participating at the regional and provincial levels of the Viatorian Community.

“I feel most at home in the choir loft,” Susan says.

Last summer, at the Provincial Assembly and surrounded by religious and professed members, Susan and David made their definitive commitments as Viatorian associates.