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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


First Communion Even More Meaningful

published on: July 22, 2020

First communion celebrations took place a little later than usual at Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais, but they were worth the wait. After spending three months unable to enter the church, parishioners value the sacraments even more, it seems, if … Continue reading


Cristo Rey St. Martin Adapts to Pandemic Challenges

published on: July 21, 2020

Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep celebrated its 15th anniversary last year, and this year, even in the midst of the pandemic, administrators cheered as 100 percent of its graduating class was accepted into “at least one selective bachelor’s program.” … Continue reading


Viatorian Garden in Las Vegas Bursting with Fresh Vegetables

published on: July 16, 2020

One week before the pandemic took hold of the country, students at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas planted seeds in the raised garden on their primary campus. This is the third year for the project — whose tag … Continue reading


Viatorian Giving Garden Still Producing

published on: July 14, 2020

One of the impacts of the pandemic seems to be that people are returning to simpler times, including taking up gardening. What grew out of so many people being confined to their homes, has led to a sense of comfort … Continue reading


Viatorians Join with CMSM in Calling for an Immediate Release of Detained Children

published on: July 13, 2020

As members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Viatorian Community joins with other Catholic advocates in joining the #FreetheFamilies Campaign, that calls for immediate, and comprehensive, conclusive action. ● We demand the immediate release of all children … Continue reading


Pencils of Promise and the Viatorian Connection

published on: July 9, 2020

After years of fundraising, Pre-Associate Jason Wilhite has realized his dream, of building a new school in Laos and giving children there access to quality education. This week, Jason shared with the Viatorian Community that the organization he has campaigned … Continue reading


Rejoice! Ordinations Continue in France

published on: July 8, 2020

The Viatorian Community in France is celebrating a pair of ordinations that took place over successive weekends. “The Lord has graced us with two ordinations of deacon,” said Fr. Pierre Demierre, CSV, Provincial. “These celebrations centered us on our baptism. … Continue reading


Br. Peter Lamick Accepts New Assignment in Las Vegas

published on: July 7, 2020

The Viatorians’ newest school to open, Cristo Rey St. Viator in Las Vegas, welcomes one of the newest Viatorians to its faculty this fall, Br. Peter Lamick, CSV, in what sounds like a match made in heaven. Br. Peter will … Continue reading


This Immersion Trip Explored Immigration Advocacy

published on: July 6, 2020

For the past five years, Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, has led young people on a pilgrimage to the border, where they retraced the steps of migrants trying to cross the desert. He calls it a pilgrimage, as together they reflect … Continue reading


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