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St. Viator College in the News

published on: September 28, 2020

It’s not often that St. Viator College makes the news. After all, the college closed in 1938 and Olivet Nazarene University now owns the Bourbonnais campus. Yet last week, a story in the Kankakee Daily Journal described a plaque that … Continue reading

Viatorians Continue Missionary Work Around the World

published on: September 24, 2020

Viatorians live and work in 13 countries around the world, advancing their mission of “raising up communities where faith can be lived, deepened and celebrated.” One of those countries is the Ivory Coast, located in West Africa, where there is … Continue reading

Cristo Rey St. Martin Fundraiser a Success

published on: September 23, 2020

Stop the presses! Not even a global pandemic could stop supporters of Cristo Rey St. Martin from celebrating the school’s successful mission. The 8th annual ELEVATE Festival and Fundraiser took place Friday, outdoors in the school’s parking lot. Guests gathered … Continue reading

Support the Men of Viator House of Hospitality

published on: September 22, 2020

In these uncertain days of the pandemic, supporters of the Viator House of Hospitality have created a way to carry on with its popular fundraiser, Taste of Viator House, while not gathering together physically. By purchasing a $75 ticket, you … Continue reading

Blessed are Those Called to the Supper of the Lamb

published on: September 21, 2020

After waiting four long months, school children at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas received their first communion last week in a pair of emotional Masses that was limited to each child and their parents. “Our children stayed patient … Continue reading

Cristo Rey St. Viator Launches Recruiting for Next Year’s Class

published on: September 17, 2020

Cristo Rey St. Viator, in North Las Vegas, is on a roll. After starting its second academic year in August — achieving success with in-person and e-learning — the school already is actively recruiting for next year’s class. In fact, … Continue reading

CTU Opens School Year with Contemplation on Racism

published on: September 15, 2020

Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, President of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, found the date of the opening school liturgy to be prophetic. It occurred on Sept. 9, which is the feast of St. Peter Claver, patron of the missions to … Continue reading

Prayerfully Reflecting on Racism

published on: September 14, 2020

In this time of racial reckoning, the Viatorian Community urges people to consider attending a prayer service this week aimed at confronting the sin or racism. The service takes place at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at St. James Church in … Continue reading

Reflecting on Lessons Learned from 9/11

published on: September 11, 2020

Fr. Daniel Lydon, CSV, devoted his Friday morning Mass at Maternity BVM Parish, to reflecting on 9/11 — and offering a final blessing for first responders in their city of Bourbonnais. He pointed out to the faithful that his reflections … Continue reading

Storied Franchise Comes to Las Vegas

published on: September 10, 2020

What do the NFL franchise, the Raiders, and the Viatorian Community in Las Vegas share in common? Both started more than 60 years ago — the Viatorians arrived in Las Vegas in 1954 and the Raiders held their first team … Continue reading

Long Awaited Construction Gets Underway

published on: September 9, 2020

After nearly eight years of gathering outdoors, under a tent, to celebrate Mass, parishioners at San Viator Church in Bogotá have reason to celebrate: Construction on their parish has begun. “For the parish community it has been blessing and a … Continue reading

A Concert to Advance the Movement for Immigrant Justice

published on: September 4, 2020

The Viatorian Community is pleased to promote the 12th annual El Pueblo Canta: A Concert to Celebrate the Movement for Immigrant Justice. The unique concert is sponsored by the Wellington Ave United Church of Christ, along with Centro Romero and the … Continue reading

Taizé Prayer Adapts with the Times

published on: September 3, 2020

In this time of uncertainty, as COVID-19 continues to spread and restrictions further distance people, one thing seems abundantly clear: A spiritual thirst is growing. Enter Taizé prayer. For more than 20 years, the Viatorian Community has welcomed the public … Continue reading

Honoring the Founder in Bogotá

published on: September 2, 2020

Viatorians around the world paused Sept. 1 to remember their founder, Fr. Louis Querbes, who founded the congregation in 1831 in Vourles, France, where he served as pastor of a small church. Fr. Querbes passed away Sept. 1, 1859 at … Continue reading

World Day of Prayer for Creation

published on: September 1, 2020

                                                  Today, Sept. 1st, is the World Day of Prayer for Creation that officially kicks off … Continue reading

Fr. Robert M. Egan, CSV, Celebrates 50 Years of Religious Life

published on: August 31, 2020

Just one year after graduating from Saint Viator High School, Fr. Robert M. Egan, CSV, left to enter the novitiate at the Viatorian seminary in Washington DC — and he never looked back. It was Aug. 30, 1970 and the … Continue reading

Colegio San Viator Ranked Among Best Schools in Colombia

published on: August 27, 2020

One of the largest daily newspapers in Bogotá, El Nuevo Siglo, or the New Century, just came out with its rankings of the top 100 schools in Colombia for the 2019-2020 academic year. Colegio San Viator, which the Viatorians opened … Continue reading

Viatorian Community Garden Producing Bumper Crop

published on: August 26, 2020

The Viatorian Community Garden is enjoying a bumper crop this summer. With at least two more months of harvesting to go, its gardeners already have grown — and donated — nearly as many vegetables as all of last summer, or … Continue reading

A Chance to Thank His Viatorian Teacher

published on: August 25, 2020

Nearly 50 years after Sergio Serrano graduated from Colegio San Viator in Bogotá, Colombia, he hasn’t forgotten the Viatorians who shaped him. Serrano carved out a successful career as an environmental engineer, specializing in ground water hydrology. When he left … Continue reading

Come, Holy Spirit!

published on: August 24, 2020

Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais wrapped up the sacrament of confirmation this year, with their third Mass and celebration on Sunday. Led by Bishop Christopher Glancy, CSV, who officiated, another group of young people received the gifts of the Holy … Continue reading

Vacation Bible School a Sign of the Times in Las Vegas

published on: August 20, 2020

Vacation Bible school is a cherished tradition each summer, where faith and fun come together. But faced with restrictions from the pandemic, faith leaders at St. Viator Catholic Community decided not to cancel this year, but instead they steamed forward. … Continue reading

Viatorian Pre-Novitiate Program Takes Shape

published on: August 18, 2020

The Viatorian Community has always maintained a program for pre-novices as they discern a call to religious life. But the good news is that this year, Viatorians revised the program to offer more structure as young men continue to stay … Continue reading

St. Viator School in Las Vegas Rocks First Day Back

published on: August 18, 2020

This just in, from Mrs. Tracy Brunelle, Principal of St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas: “You all rocked the first day back.” “We aren’t sure we have ever been more excited for a school year to start,” she said … Continue reading

Viatorian Schools Prepare to Welcome Back Students

published on: August 14, 2020

After a summer filled with planning for the return of in-person instruction, the day is nearly here. Three Viatorian schools welcome students back Monday, including Cristo Rey St. Viator College Prep, Saint Viator High School and St. Viator Parish School … Continue reading

St. George Parish Wraps Up Year of Mary

published on: August 13, 2020

After a year devoted to works of mercy, praying the rosary and reflecting on Mary’s role in their lives, parishioners at St. George Parish in Bourbonnais will conclude their “Year of Mary” on Saturday — the feast of the Assumption … Continue reading

Maternity BVM Welcomes New Members

published on: August 11, 2020

After three months of lockdown, Maternity BVM Church in Bourbonnais finally got the chance to open its doors and welcome new people to the faith. During a 9 a.m. Mass on Aug. 2, Fr. Jason Nesbit, CSV, Pastor, welcomed the … Continue reading

First VYConnect Resonates with Teens

published on: August 4, 2020

In a summer where everything seems upside down, the new Viatorian Youth Connection hit all the right notes. The one-day event — created to fill the void of the Viatorian Youth Congress, which had to be scuttled this year — … Continue reading

Fr. John Van Wiel, CSV, Celebrates 60 Years as a Viatorian

published on: August 4, 2020

Fr. John Van Wiel, CSV, celebrates a milestone anniversary next month: 60 years of religious life. In any other year, he would be recognized by the wider Viatorian Community at the annual Provincial Assembly, but alas not this year. Instead, … Continue reading

VYConnect: A New Platform to Accompany Teens

published on: July 30, 2020

In these challenging times of adapting to all of the pandemic restrictions, Viatorians present a new way for young people to come together: Viatorian Youth Connection, or VYConnect. It’s fashioned somewhat along the lines of our Viatorian Youth Congress — … Continue reading

Cristo Rey St. Martin Graduates Setting Benchmarks

published on: July 27, 2020

After months of remote learning, graduates of Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep gathered July 24 for a socially distant graduation ceremony, held outdoors in the parking lot of the school. “Class of 2020, it feels like months since I’ve … Continue reading