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Another Viatorian School Reaches 50th Anniversary

February 11, 2020

Viatorians in Spain launched an historic 50th year celebration of their Colegio San Viator Vitoria-Gasteiz, located in the Basque region of the country. The award-winning school serves more than 1,200 students, in both Spanish and English, while immersing them in their Catholic faith.

Students at Colegio San Viator in Spain study DNA sequencing.

“Colegio San Viator serves as a Christian education center for students and families,” says Fr. Robert M. Egan, CSV, Superior General. “The administration, faculty and staff embrace the conviction that teaching and learning must be grounded in Gospel values that help to guarantee academic excellence and faith formation for the students of the school.”

Fr. Tom von Behren shakes hands with freshmen at CRSV on their first day.

He could have been describing any of the schools where Viatorians serve, including its most recent school they opened, Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School in North Las Vegas, as well as some that already have celebrated 50 years, such as Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, IL; Colegio San Viator in Bogotá, Colombia; and Rakusei-St. Viator High School in Kyoto, Japan, now in its 68th year.

Fr. White leads a procession at the Viatorian school in Kyoto, Japan, circa 1952

These schools feature the qualities of a Viatorian education, namely one that is faith-based, co-educational, bilingual and pastoral, with professed Viatorians and associates on the faculty and staff.

“We start from the conviction that all learning must be immersed in our Catholic faith,” school officials in Spain say, “and that the teaching process must convey our evangelical principles and values.”