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St. Viator School in Chicago Celebrates its Patron

published on: October 22, 2020

The feast of St. Viator is always a special day at his namesake school in Chicago. This year, despite everything being turned upside down because of the pandemic, the tradition carried on. Students learned about their 4th century patron saint, … Continue reading

St. Viator Day Celebrated Around the World

published on: October 21, 2020

Today, Viatorians around the world pause to reflect on their feast day, remembering  the 4th century saint whom Fr. Louis Querbes chose to be the patron of his new religious order. For all Viatorians — including brothers, priests and associates … Continue reading

Peaceful Vigil Encourages Voting

published on: October 20, 2020

With just two weeks until election day, Viatorians are stepping up their efforts to encourage residents to vote. For the past several Fridays, local Viatorians have joined with their neighbors in front of First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights … Continue reading

Viatorians Celebrate Feast Day by Welcoming New Members

published on: October 19, 2020

St. Viator Day falls on Oct. 21, but Viatorians in the Arlington Heights/Chicago Region observed the feast day on Oct. 18, by extending the Viatorian mission in a vibrant way: welcoming more lay associates. “Today, the circle of those dedicated … Continue reading

Viatorian Community Loses a Beloved Priest and Scholar

published on: October 16, 2020

Fr. James Fanale, CSV, spent his last 23 years in parish ministry, but he brought his background as a writer and English teacher with him. It added up to a beloved pastor, whose homilies connected with people because of their … Continue reading

Taizé Prayer Livestreamed a Success

published on: October 15, 2020

How important is Taizé prayer to the Viatorian Community? Very important, judging by the number of people who viewed last night’s first livestreamed Taizé prayer service — and the number of Viatorians who made it happen. Here’s a run down: … Continue reading

Taizé Prayer Now Streaming

published on: October 14, 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

Cristo Rey St. Viator Looks Ahead

published on: October 13, 2020

Just when it seemed that everything in education had turned upside down, officials at Cristo Rey St. Viator in Las Vegas found something to smile about: They accepted their first student for their new freshman class of the 2021-2022 school … Continue reading

Viatorian Youth Connection Resonates Again

published on: October 12, 2020

In a world faced with all sorts of restrictions , 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 … Continue reading

Understanding the Pope’s Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti

published on: October 8, 2020

Leaders of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men offered a brief synopsis of the 90-page, third encyclical of Pope Francis to its members, which includes the Viatorian Community. Here is a portion of it: “The much anticipated pastoral letter … Continue reading

Creating an Altar of Remembrance Outdoors

published on: October 7, 2020

Parishioners at St. George Church in Bourbonnais value their sacred outdoor space almost as much as inside the church. That’s why its Art & Environment Committee worked with members of the St. George Garden Club to create an altar of … Continue reading

Las Vegas Students Turn to Prayer on 3-Year Anniversary

published on: October 5, 2020

It has been three years since a gunman opened fire at a Las Vegas music festival, killing 58 and wounding more than 400 others. On the third anniversary, school children at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas turned to … Continue reading

Viator House of Hospitality Featured on Nuns on the Bus Video

published on: October 1, 2020

During one of its recent site visits, Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby noted for its Nuns on the Bus event, interviewed some Chicago area advocates for her regular bus blog: Br. Michael … Continue reading

Seeds Sewn in Youth Ministry Lead to City Candidacy

published on: September 30, 2020

Kankakee attorney Dave Baron vividly remembers accompanying his youth ministry group to Pembroke — in 1999 — one of the poorest counties in the nation located 20 miles south of Kankakee. “I went to a community known for its poor … Continue reading

Another Viatorian Joins Staff at St. Viator in Vegas

published on: September 30, 2020

Parishioners at St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas learned this week that Deacon Associate Mike Underwood will join the staff as a full-time deacon and pastoral associate. Deacon Mike and his wife, Kathy, are Viatorian associates. They met working … Continue reading

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 of 2021-2022. … 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