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Bogotá Parishioners Celebrate Easter in New Church

published on: April 15, 2021

The Easter promise of new life came true for the parishioners of San Viator Parish in Bogotá,  Colombia. After waiting more than eight years to obtain building permits and funding, and  patiently celebrating Mass under a tent, they were able … Continue reading

Viatorian Community Pledges to Protect LGBT Youth

published on: April 9, 2021

This week, the Viatorian Community and Viator House of Hospitality added their names to the list of faith communities joining with the Tyler Clementi Foundation in standing up for at-risk LGBT youth in our country. In doing so, Viatorians join … Continue reading

Viatorian Vocations Directors Speak to National Audience

published on: April 6, 2021

Don’t look now, but Br. John Eustice, CSV, and Dan Masterton are on the road again (virtually) talking to educators about discernment and God’s ongoing invitation. These vocation influencers are presenting a session this week in the National Catholic Educational … Continue reading

Fr. Corey Brost Featured in Second Podcast Episode

published on: April 5, 2021

Fr. Corey Brost earned his undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of Illinois before staying in Champaign to finish his law degree, all while bartending at a popular establishment to help pay his tuition. Four years into a promising … Continue reading

Alleluia! He is Risen

published on: April 1, 2021

We have ended our Lenten Season, our 40 days in the desert so to speak, preparing for this moment. Hopefully, you have used these days wisely. Some approach Lent as they would any other 40 days. Others merely try to … Continue reading

The Parable of the Lost Sheep Comes to Life

published on: March 31, 2021

A tradition that dates back more than 30 years at St. Viator Catholic Community resumed last week, and once again it made a lasting impression. After taking last year off because of the pandemic, Fr. Bill Haesaert, CSV, returned to … Continue reading

Stations of the Cross from a Young Person’s Perspective

published on: March 30, 2021

Last summer, St. George Parish in Bourbonnais and its pastor, Fr. Dan Belanger, CSV, obtained a grant from the Viatorian Community to purchase video production equipment and filmmaking gear, including a green screen. Fr. Belanger and other Viatorian parishes typically … Continue reading

Children Feeding Children in Las Vegas

published on: March 29, 2021

Eliminating hunger is one of the top priorities of the Viatorian Community and that was on full display this month at St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas. Once again, its parishioners — and schoolchildren — pitched in to assist … Continue reading

San Viator Parish in Bogotá Takes Shape

published on: March 26, 2021

As Easter approaches, parishioners at San Viator Church in Bogotá have reason to celebrate: Construction on their parish nears completion. “For the parish community it has been blessing and a great joy to begin construction,” says Fr. Edgar Suarez, CSV, … Continue reading

St. Viator Parish School Rocks Their Socks in Support of Down Syndrome Awareness Day

published on: March 23, 2021

Monday was World Down Syndrome Day and students at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas takes that celebration seriously. They joined with people around the world in wearing mismatched socks, in order to celebrate the differences and what makes … Continue reading

Viatorian Community Launches New Podcast Series

published on: March 22, 2021

The big day is here! Members of the Viatorian Community have been working to develop a podcast series featuring interviews with associates, brothers and priests as well as other members of the communities and institutions where Viatorians serve. Called Viatorian … Continue reading

Historic Eagle Scout Picks Viator House of Hospitality for Project

published on: March 18, 2021

Syke Sonnabend of Arlington Heights is among the first 1,000 girls nationwide to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, and among the first 14 female Eagles in her council, which takes in 20,000 Scouts in Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana. … Continue reading

Newest Novice Begins a Year of Formation in Chile

published on: March 16, 2021

Diego Carvajal, of Bogotá, is the Viatorian Community’s latest novice. He brings a background in public accounting to the community, having earned his degree in 2016 from Universidad la Gran Colombia. But it was a spiritual retreat he attended during … Continue reading

#ViatorCrew Reflections

published on: March 15, 2021

The future of the Catholic church is in good hands if daily reflections posted by young people involved at St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas is any indication. Each day during Lent, Associate Rosy Hartz — Youth Faith Formation … Continue reading

Cristo Rey St. Martin Principal Named State Finalist

published on: March 11, 2021

Four years after Cristo Rey St. Martin opened in Waukegan, IL, Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV — then its president — made a momentous decision: He hired Dr. Michael Odiotti to serve as principal. “It was the best hire I ever … Continue reading

Viatorian Community Garden Registered as Saint Kateri Habitat

published on: March 9, 2021

With spring just around the corner, thoughts turn to the return of flowers — and of gardening. For the last nine years, the Viatorian Community has kept a garden on the grounds of the Province Center. Its 14 raised beds … Continue reading

Stations of the Cross from a Viatorian Perspective

published on: March 5, 2021

More than one dozen Viatorians — including professed and associates — in the Bourbonnais/Kankakee region worked together on a powerful faith experience: filming the Stations of the Cross. In their recording, they describe the 14 stations on Jesus’ torturous journey … Continue reading

Chicago Province Lends a Hand

published on: March 4, 2021

It has been more than 10 years since a devastating earthquake tore through Haiti, killing an estimated 250,000 people and displacing another 5 million. Among the carnage was the destruction of Villa Manrèse, a bustling retreat center in the capitol … Continue reading

Associate Patrick Mahoney Speaks from the Heart

published on: March 3, 2021

His connection to the Viatorians stretches back more than 50 years, back to 1967 when he joined the staff of Saint Viator High School. Over his 47 years at the school, he served as a teacher, coach, dean of men … Continue reading

Fr. Mark Francis: CTU Cover Story

published on: March 2, 2021

Officials with Catholic Theological Union dedicated the cover story of their spring newsletter, Logos, to Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, immediate past president, and Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, its new — and first woman — president. The cover story comes after … Continue reading

Fr. Dan Belanger Voted Best in Region

published on: March 1, 2021

Fr. Dan Belanger, CSV, is two for two. Officials with the Kankakee Daily Journal launched its second Readers’ Choice Awards last month and welcomed readers to vote on everything from favorite restaurants, entertainment, and shopping choices to schools, home services … Continue reading

Stations of the Cross Interpreted by Young People

published on: February 26, 2021

Members of the youth ministry team at Maternity BVM recreated the Stations of the Cross, with prayers and reflections specifically written for young people. Between their readings, songs and bringing Jesus and his captors to life, the result is a … Continue reading

A Lenten Reflection

published on: February 24, 2021

Fr. Daniel Hall, CSV, Provincial offers this reflection as begin our journey through Lent: The Teutonic word Lent, which we employ to denote the 40 days’ fast preceding Easter, originally meant no more than the spring season. Still, it has … Continue reading

Advancing the Corporate Work Study Program in Las Vegas

published on: February 23, 2021

As Cristo Rey St. Viator prepares for its third academic year this fall, administrators are busy lining up more business partners. It’s all part of the Cristo Rey model, which integrates four years of rigorous academics with professional work experience … Continue reading

Another Successful Food Drive

published on: February 19, 2021

Students from three Viatorian institutions worked together Thursday afternoon to feed the hungry. They staffed a mobile food bank that took place at Cristo Rey St. Martin High School Waukegan, which partnered for the second time with the Northern Illinois … Continue reading

Viatorians Mourn the Passing of Associate Clairmarie Slaveck

published on: February 18, 2021

A little more than five years ago, Associate Clairmarie Slaveck retired from a 37- year career of working for the Diocese of Las Vegas. Nearly all of those years were spent working with professed Viatorians, first as business manager of … Continue reading

Journey through Lent with the Viatorians

published on: February 17, 2021

Fr. Dan Lydon, CSV, celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass at Maternity BVM Parish and in his homily he compared the 40 days of Lent to an annual retreat. “Lent is about drawing closer to God and to others,” he said. In … Continue reading

Cristo Rey St. Martin: Putting Faith into Action

published on: February 16, 2021

Once again, Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep opened its campus this month to help minimize the effects of the pandemic. This time, the school partnered with a  local Jewel-Osco Pharmacy to provide a vaccination clinic for elderly and frontline … Continue reading

Celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

published on: February 11, 2021

The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes holds a special place in the Viatorian Community. A replica of the grotto where Mary appeared to Bernadette in 1858 in Lourdes, France remains a sacred place on the grounds of Maternity BVM … Continue reading

New Biography of the Venerable Louis Querbes Speaks to the Heart

published on: February 6, 2021

Less than two years after Pope Francis declared the founder of the Viatorians to be the Venerable Louis Querbes, Viatorians in this country and in France have worked together to create a new biography of the 19-century pastor. Called “Louis … Continue reading