His connection to the Viatorians stretches back more than 50 years, but over the last 10 years Associate Pat Mahoney has deepened that connection even more.
He had served as a teacher, coach, dean of men and ultimately development director at Saint Viator High School, but ultimately it was working along-side of the Viatorians that made a lasting impact.
In 2009, he joined the Viatorian Community as a lay associate and at a St. Viator Day celebration in 2014 he renewed his commitment for a period of five more years, before making his commitment definitive this year.
At Sunday’s St. Viator Day celebration, professed Viatorians renewed their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience — as they do every year — while the entire community reaffirmed their Gospel-inspired mission “to be dedicated educators of faith and to raise up communities of believers who espouse the values of Jesus Christ in their life and work.”
In making his statement, Pat described his longstanding relationship with the Viatorians and the profound effect they had on his spiritual life.
“They’re educators, great homilists and risk takers, who are not afraid to try something new,” Pat said. “I respect all of that, so when the opportunity came to be a part of the community I knew I wanted to make a bigger contribution if I could.”
Ultimately, in describing his commitment as a Viatorian, Pat said simply, “I believe in the mission absolutely and wholeheartedly.”