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Viatorians Complete Their Masters Degrees

published on: July 2, 2020

Earlier this year, the Viatorians in Colombia, who run Colegio San Viator, were credited by Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro with raising the level of education in the Archdiocese of Tunja and setting a standard for others. Specifically, Archbishop Castro pointed … Continue reading

A Call to Address Racism in Our Society

published on: June 30, 2020

          Greetings from the Province Center, In recent weeks we have been reading about and hearing a lot about the prevalent racism which still exists in the United States. We have seen video footage of white … Continue reading

Come, Holy Spirit

published on: June 29, 2020

Not even a global pandemic can stop the Holy Spirit from descending upon young people who have been preparing for their confirmation. That was the case over the weekend, when six confirmation services — with only 10 students and their … Continue reading

St. Viator Parish in Chicago Slowly Reopens

published on: June 26, 2020

At long last, Fr. Moses Mesh, CSV, and Fr. Patrick Render, CSV, announced the reopening this weekend of St. Viator Parish in Chicago. In his latest letter to parishioners in the bulletin, Fr. Render describes their reopening as prudent, given … Continue reading

Inspiration from Viator House of Hospitality

published on: June 25, 2020

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Viator House of Hospitality has transformed its April fundraiser into an online version, sharing stories of its participants and their lives with supporters.  Here’s their latest story of transformation: Last summer, Juan — a young man … Continue reading

Maternity BVM Reopens with Great Joy

published on: June 23, 2020

After nearly three months of being closed, Maternity BVM Church in Bourbonnais — long regarded as the “cradle of the Viatorian Community” — opened its doors over the weekend to welcome parishioners for Mass. “It is with great joy that … Continue reading

An Innovative Approach to Celebrating the Eucharist

published on: June 22, 2020

At St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas, Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, Pastor, opened the church for the first time on Sunday, but just over 50 parishioners could attend. For those who couldn’t, the parish offered another solution: Watch Sunday’s … Continue reading

Recognizing the Importance of Juneteenth

published on: June 19, 2020

In honor of #Juneteenth, join the Viatorians in the United States in commemorating the abolition of slavery. We invite you to join us in taking a few moments for education, reflection and prayer for an end to racism. Please follow these … Continue reading

A Viatorian Response to the Supreme Court Ruling on the DACA Program

published on: June 19, 2020

This week’s Supreme Court decision ruled that the Trump Administration did not give adequate justification for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  This is a tremendous victory for the DACA program. The Viatorians applaud the Supreme Court’s … Continue reading

Adapting Mass with Help of Young Adults

published on: June 17, 2020

Since their inception, Viatorians have accompanied young people on their spiritual journeys. These days, in the midst of a global pandemic, they’ve have had to change with the times. And in reaching young adults, that means celebrating Mass through Zoom. … Continue reading

St. George Parish Welcomes People Back

published on: June 16, 2020

After nearly three months of restrictions and a closed church, Fr. Dan Belanger, CSV, Pastor, welcomed his parishioners back to St. George Church in Bourbonnais, for Mass. “People were very interested to come home,” Fr. Dan said of the first … Continue reading

Receiving First Communion During the Pandemic

published on: June 15, 2020

After 14 weeks of sheltering at home and keeping the church doors closed, Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, Pastor, opened St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas for its first Masses, but for a specific group: its first communicants. “It finally … Continue reading

Viatorians in Solidarity with Martin Gugino

published on: June 12, 2020

The Catholic peace activist who was injured during a protest in Buffalo, is a familiar name to the Viatorians. Martin Gugino is a retired IT professional, who was protesting discrimination and racism at the most recent rally, but he regularly demonstrates … Continue reading

Your Thoughts on Working Toward Racial Justice

published on: June 10, 2020

Let’s talk about it! Join with the Viatorians and young people from across the Province of Chicago in a faith in action discussion. We want to come together, discuss and gain insight — from a Viatorian perspective — on this … Continue reading

Associate Ann Perez Recognized by Faculty

published on: June 9, 2020

As a member of Saint Viator High School’s theology department, Viatorian Associate Ann Perez teaches sophomore scripture and senior ethics. But that’s just the beginning. Ann also leads the Adult Faith Formation committee where she develops monthly opportunities for faculty … Continue reading

Cristo Rey St. Viator Building Phase Complete

published on: June 8, 2020

Less than two years after starting construction on Cristo Rey St. Viator in North Las Vegas, the school’s second building phase is complete. School administrators announced this week that they had reached the end of their construction project for the … Continue reading

Alleman High School Honors its Biggest Ambassador

published on: June 4, 2020

Alleman High School in Rock Island pulled out all the stops in honoring its longest serving faculty member — and biggest fan — Fr. Daniel Mirabelli, CSV, on the occasion of his 60th jubilee as a priest. School officials put … Continue reading

Fr. George Auger and his Lasting Legacy

published on: June 3, 2020

Fr. George Auger, CSV, was among the founding faculty members at Saint Viator High School when it opened in 1961, and he would go on to serve in pastoral ministry in Bourbonnais and Kankakee. But perhaps his lasting legacy lies … Continue reading

A Call for Authentic Change Amid Racism and Brutality

published on: June 2, 2020

The 200 men’s religious communities who make up the Conference of Major Superiors of Men — of which the Viatorians are members — issued a statement today, amid this week of turmoil. “This moment in our nation and in the … Continue reading

A Viatorian Response to George Floyd’s Death

published on: June 1, 2020

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That is a phrase that I remember from my earliest memories.  It was driven into us as children. When I look at today’s world, that simple phrase seems to … Continue reading

Come, Holy Spirit!

published on: May 29, 2020

We celebrate Pentecost on Sunday, the feast that marks the birth of the Church, writes Fr. Patrick Render, CSV, Pastor, in this weekend’s bulletin at St. Viator Parish in Chicago. He describes Pentecost as that experience when the Spirit of … Continue reading

Memorial Day Tribute

published on: May 25, 2020

Viatorians have served in the trenches and on the battlefields, all the way back to World War I. Most have served as military chaplains, but others served with the troops. Here’s a look back at some of these heroes:

Living the Challenge of Laudato Si’

published on: May 22, 2020

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the publishing of Laudato Si’, the encyclical written by Pope Francis, on the care for our common home. Fittingly, the anniversary comes at a time when the world is experiencing a history-defining crisis. … Continue reading

Come Join Us for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

published on: May 21, 2020

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a centuries-old tradition rooted in the Catholic faith, yet it finds new life — even a larger audience — in the virtual exposition of the Eucharist. Here, Br. Peter Lamick, CSV, combines with  Br. … Continue reading

Parish Updates from Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV

published on: May 20, 2020

Right from the start, Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, admitted he was stepping out of his comfort zone by filming messages — and Mass — at St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas. “I can hardly wait until I’m not staring … Continue reading

Another Successful Ramadan Fundraiser

published on: May 19, 2020

A Cook County Commissioner, a Viatorian priest and a group of Muslim women all came together this week, on the one-year anniversary of a successful fundraiser to help unaccompanied young migrants, held during the holy season of Ramadan. It was … Continue reading

Colegio San Viator in Bogotá Recognized as 5-Star School

published on: May 18, 2020

Amid the disruption caused by COVID-19, the administrative team at Colegio San Viator-Bogotá managed to earn a coveted certification based on the quality of their educational services. Fr. Albeyro Vanegas, CSV, President, announced the news to the community on the … Continue reading

Viatorians in the Media

published on: May 14, 2020

Br. John Eustice, CSV, and Br. Peter Lamick, CSV, were interviewed earlier this month on “Catholic Chicago,” the radio arm of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Their topic? The role of religious brothers. “You always hear a lot about religious sisters … Continue reading

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

published on: May 12, 2020

Fr. John Peeters, CSV, is a faithful correspondent to his St. Patrick Church staff whenever Viatorian duties take him away from Kankakee. His accounts are filled with much detail, and are as entertaining as they are thorough. In reflecting on … Continue reading

Viatorian Parish Crowns its Patroness

published on: May 11, 2020

Fittingly, on Mother’s Day, Fr. Jason Nesbit, CSV, Pastor of Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Bourbonnais, concluded his liturgy with a May crowning of its patroness. The simple ceremony took place outdoors, in front of a statue … Continue reading