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Religious Brothers At the Core of the Viatorian Community

published on: May 1, 2019

Religious brothers have been a part of the fabric of the Viatorian Community since its founding in 1831, when Fr. Louis Querbes envisioned a congregation of catechists, who would teach Christian doctrine and be of service to the holy altar. According … Continue reading

Blessed are the Peacemakers

published on: April 26, 2019

As Catholic Theological Union in Chicago prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary next month, supporters gathered for a special evening: to honor an influential peacemaker — and Viatorians were there. The annual Blessed are the Peacemakers dinner took place April … Continue reading

Easter Celebrations Renew Faith

published on: April 23, 2019

At parishes where Viatorians minister, Easter celebrations were vibrant, filled with beautiful music, flowers and dynamic liturgy.                       It’s all part of what Viatorians do, in their mission of building … Continue reading

Easter Blessings from the Viatorian Community

published on: April 19, 2019

As we celebrate the Triduum, we enter the three most sacred days of our liturgical year. We experience, not as passive observers, but as participants, the final days of Jesus before his resurrection. It is so fitting that we celebrate … Continue reading

Viatorians Celebrate Mass of the Last Supper

published on: April 18, 2019

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

Preparations Under Way for Easter Joy

published on: April 17, 2019

Now that we are in Holy Week, preparations at the Viatorian Province Center are in full steam, with bright blue hydrangea and Easter lily plants arriving to decorate the chapel and gathering areas. Viatorian associates, brothers and priests will gather … Continue reading

Viatorians United in Prayer with the People of Paris

published on: April 16, 2019

Like many other religious communities, Viatorians draw their roots from 19th Century France. Fr. Louis Querbes founded the congregation in Vourles, in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Consequently, the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral tears at the heart of … Continue reading

Viator House of Hospitality Continues to Draw Supporters

published on: April 9, 2019

Two years after a pair of Viatorians opened the Viator House of Hospitality, the mission to welcome young, immigrant men seeking asylum in this country continues to build momentum — and support. Its most recent fundraiser, held at Maggiano’s Little … Continue reading

Las Vegas Teens Find Inspiration at LA Youth Day

published on: March 28, 2019

“Trust! God’s Gotchu.”  That was the theme at this year’s Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education. It is the nation’s largest annual gathering of Catholics and once again Viatorians — accompanying teens from … Continue reading

Viatorian Associate Part of First Service Award at St. Patrick Church

published on: March 26, 2019

Associate Ken Barrie likes to work with his hands, preferably behind the scenes, making things happen for his parish community, St. Patrick Church in Kankakee. When he hears of someone in need — whether they need a coat, a meal, … Continue reading

St. Viator Parish School Students Rock Their Socks

published on: March 21, 2019

Today is World Down Syndrome Day and students at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas takes that celebration seriously. They are joining with people around the world in wearing mismatched socks, in order to celebrate the differences and what … Continue reading

St. Patrick Church Closes Out Milestone Year

published on: March 20, 2019

It was only fitting that parishioners at historic St. Patrick Church in downtown Kankakee culminate their 125th anniversary year, on the feast day of their patron, St. Patrick. With a congregation dressed predominantly in green, and with plenty of young families … Continue reading

A Statement from the Viatorian Community in Response to the New Zealand Shootings

published on: March 18, 2019

The Viatorian Community expresses its solidarity with the Muslim community after the horrific attack in New Zealand. Our hearts reach out to the entire Muslim community with thoughts of care and love. Such senseless acts of violence and hatred only reinforce our … Continue reading

Lenten Reflections from the Viatorians

published on: March 14, 2019

Fr. Patrick Render, CSV, reflected on the first Sunday of Lent in the bulletin of St. Viator Parish in Chicago, which he has led as pastor since 2015. “The first Sunday’s gospel is always the story of Jesus’ 40 days in … Continue reading

New School Year Means New Excitement at Colegio San Viator in Tunja

published on: March 11, 2019

School opened in February at Colegio San Viator in Tunja, Colombia for its third year as a Viatorian school — and all signs point to excitement. A visit in April from officials with the International Baccalaureate Program is tops on the list. The IB Program is … Continue reading

Twenty Years Later, A Mission Trip Still Resonates

published on: March 7, 2019

David Baron grew up attending St. Patrick’s Church and Bishop McNamara High School in Kankakee, where in both places he interacted with Viatorians — and their commitment to social justice. His education would take him to the University of Notre Dame and … Continue reading

Journey Through Lent with the Viatorians

published on: March 6, 2019

Fr. John Milton, CSV, is a frequent presider at the daily Masses held at the Province Center Chapel, where he is known for his concise homilies that get right to the point. His reflection today, on Ash Wednesday, did just that. … Continue reading

Word of Viator House of Hospitality Growing

published on: March 5, 2019

Viator House of Hospitality quietly reached its second anniversary in January, but work supporting its young immigrant men seeking asylum, never stops. Now, word of the home and its mission is drawing increased attention. In the latest online edition of … Continue reading

A Day in the Life — with Pre-Associate Brian Hansen

published on: March 1, 2019

Pre-Associate Brian Hansen graduated from Saint Viator High School in 2011, after four years of appearing in nearly every musical and theater production. Is it any wonder that when Catholic Theological Union looked for a student to appear in a “Day … Continue reading

Middle School Peace Camp Sells Out

published on: February 26, 2019

In just its second year, a Peace Camp designed for middle school students by the Children of Abraham Coalition — an interfaith nonprofit corporation — sold out. Its success leads teenage leaders to believe their vision to promote interfaith literacy, relationships and reverence, … Continue reading

Viatorians Congratulate Principal Terry Granger on National Award

published on: February 25, 2019

Terry Granger, has partnered with Viatorians for the last 17 years, serving as principal of its schools in Bourbonnais/Kankakee, where they have been both innovative and award winning. Back in 2006, he worked with Viatorians to create a 1:1 laptop program that … Continue reading

Viatorians Mourn the Sudden Passing of Br. Dale Barth, CSV

published on: February 21, 2019

A light has gone out  at the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights. Br. Dale Barth, CSV, who lived in the retirement wing for 11 years and served as a Viatorian religious brother for 55 years, has died. Br. Barth … Continue reading

Provincial Council Visits Viatorians in Colombia

published on: February 19, 2019

Fr. Daniel Hall, CSV, Provincial Superior, and his General Council — Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, Fr. Daniel Lydon, CSV, and Br. Rob Robertson, CSV — spent the weekend with Viatorians in Bogotá, and they came away … Continue reading

Cristo Rey St. Martin Reaches One Year in New Building

published on: February 13, 2019

Time flies when you’re having fun. That age-old adage appears to sum up the feelings of students and faculty alike at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, who realized — today — that they have been in their long-awaited new building … Continue reading

Viatorian Associates Speak from the Heart about Youth Ministry

published on: February 11, 2019

Local youth ministry directors gathered this week in the Bourbonnais/Kankakee area to exchange ideas and share resources on how to empower young people growing in their faith. It’s a collaboration that continues every month. With educating young people at the … Continue reading

From Saint Viator High School to Cooperstown

published on: February 7, 2019

Cole Kmet ’17 helped lead the Lions to a pair of state playoff appearances during his four years on Saint Viator High School’s football team. Along the way he developed a close relationship with one of his assistant coaches, Fr. Daniel Hall, … Continue reading

Viatorians Celebrate Catholic Schools’ Week

published on: January 29, 2019

Saint Viator High School Work Study Program Empowers Students

published on: January 28, 2019

The summer before her sophomore year in high school, Helena Chuchala ’21 completed an internship that many college students would covet: She spent six weeks working with BMO Global Asset Management in Chicago learning about investment solutions for its institutional … Continue reading

Viatorian Returns to Saint Viator High School

published on: January 24, 2019

Br. John Eustice, CSV, returned to familiar territory this week, when he arrived in time for the new semester back at Saint Viator High School, this time as Vice President of Viatorian Mission and Identity. “It’s my fourth tour of duty,”  quipped Br. John, who first … Continue reading