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Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, Looks Ahead

published on: November 18, 2020

Back in 2013, Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, was installed as the seventh president — and second Viatorian — of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. It is the largest graduate school of theology and ministry in the country, whose founding in … Continue reading

St. Viator School in Las Vegas Earns State Recognition

published on: November 17, 2020

Since the start of the fall semester, St. Viator Parish School has worked to meet all the guidelines from the CDC and the state of Nevada, in keeping students and faculty safe during in-person education. Three months into the schoolyear, … Continue reading

Congratulations to Our Nonagenarians

published on: November 16, 2020

Happy birthday, Fr. Arnold Perham, CSV! In turning 91 today he joins two of his confreres, Br. Donald Houde, CSV, and Fr. John Milton, CSV, who reached the same age last month. All three live together in the retirement wing … Continue reading

Viatorian Community Giving Garden Wraps up Ninth Year

published on: November 12, 2020

And that’s a wrap! A commitment by the Viatorian Community to feed the hungry, paid big dividends this year. Faced with all the mitigations brought on by the pandemic, Viatorian gardeners spent more time than ever in the community’s garden. … Continue reading

Feeding the Hungry Needed Now More than Ever

published on: November 9, 2020

Stamping out hunger is one of the core missions of the Viatorians. Consequently, as COVID-19 cases mount and unemployment numbers spike, local food pantries are seeing record demand, especially by first-time pantry visitors. Yet Viatorian parishes are responding. For the … Continue reading

Br. Peter Lamick Reflects on Religious Life

published on: November 5, 2020

Just last month, Br. Peter Lamick, CSV, reflected on his vocation for the worldwide community of Viatorians. Now, he appears in a national video, timed during National Vocation Awareness Week. It was produced by the National Religious Vocation Conference, which … Continue reading

Viatorians Embrace Día de los Muertos Faith Tradition

published on: November 3, 2020

In celebration of All Souls’ Day, three altars at three different locations supported by Viatorians, all featured altars or ofrendas set up in the tradition of Día de Los Muertos. “Tonight we honored lost loved ones from 12 different countries … Continue reading

Alumni Memorial Mass Even More Meaningful

published on: November 2, 2020

It has been more than 30 years since Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, established the Alumni Memorial Mass at Saint Viator High School. After taking over as president when Saint Viator merged with Sacred of Mary High School, in 1987, Fr. … Continue reading

St. Viator School Welcomes Special Visitor

published on: October 29, 2020

No sooner did Associate Deacon Mike Underwood join the staff at St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas, than he found a huge basket on his desk, filled with cards and letters from the parish’s schoolchildren welcoming him. “They were … Continue reading

Viatorians Congratulate Archbishop Wilton Gregory

published on: October 27, 2020

Viatorians across the country are applauding Pope Francis for his appointment of Archbishop Wilton Gregory to the College of Cardinals. Archbishop Gregory is a native of Chicago and served at a pair of Northwest suburban parishes — not far from … Continue reading

Seeing the Beauty of God’s Creation

published on: October 27, 2020

Every fall, the abundant trees on the grounds of the Viatorian Province Center provide a glorious show of color. It’s a glimpse of God’s creation that Viatorians look forward to year after year. Take Fr. John Van Wiel, CSV, who … Continue reading

Trick-or-Treating at Maternity BVM Parish

published on: October 26, 2020

With COVID-19 surging again in Illinois, increased restrictions are making trick-or-treating a challenge for families this year. Yet at Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais, a relatively new tradition fit the bill: trunk-or-treating. Parishioners — dressed in costume — parked their … Continue reading

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