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Catholic Schools Succeed Despite Pandemic

published on: February 4, 2021

Catholic school administrators and faculty had to pivot to virtual learning last spring when the pandemic forced restrictions on in-person gatherings. Yet their quick thinking and preparedness proved worth it. In a statement released Monday — at the beginning of … Continue reading

Cristo Rey St. Martin Helps Set Up Mobile Food Pantry

published on: February 3, 2021

Viatorians joined with students, staff and families of Cristo Rey St. Martin on Saturday in organizing a mobile food pantry in the school’s parking lot. The drive-through event was a partnership between Northern Illinois Food Bank and CRSM’s Campus Ministry … Continue reading

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

published on: February 2, 2021

Celebrating Catholic Schools’ Week

published on: February 1, 2021

Catholic schools across the country launched Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, but as with all things, this year is different, with pandemic restrictions forcing more virtual open houses and more online resources. Yet that’s just the point, says one veteran … Continue reading

Viatorian Vocation Directors Help Launch New Series

published on: January 27, 2021

Don’t look now, but Br. John Eustice, CSV, and Dan Masterton are recognized as vocation ministry influencers. Their recent appearance on the new series, Talk it Up Tuesday — hosted by the Chicago-based National Religious Vocation Conference — is case … Continue reading

Reflecting on a Call to Become an Associate

published on: January 26, 2021

Associate Cathy Abrahamian wears many hats within the Viatorian Community, not the least of which is serving as administrative assistant to the president of Saint Viator High School — with her fifth boss set to take the office, Fr. Daniel … Continue reading

St. George Parish Committed to Supporting New Life

published on: January 25, 2021

Churches across the country are participating this week in the 9 Days for Life Novena, including St. George Parish in Bourbonnais, where its members are praying for the unborn — and actively working to build a culture of life. Associate … Continue reading

Honoring the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita

published on: January 23, 2021

Members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men — of which the Viatorians are members — join with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General, who designated the feast of St. Josephine … Continue reading

Inauguration Reflection: Dialogue with Each Other

published on: January 21, 2021

  Yesterday, if you watched the inaugural speech, you heard President Biden call for unity.  It is obvious that we are living in a very fractured country, but his message of hope is a medicine which we all need. We … Continue reading

Another New Colombian Brother Professes First Vows

published on: January 20, 2021

Vocations continue to grow in Colombia, where Viatorians arrived 60 years ago this year. Br. Luis Pedroza, CSV, was the latest to join the Viatorian Community when he professed his first vows on Tuesday. Fr. Pedro Herrera, CSV, who was delegated … Continue reading

Viator House of Hospitality Nears Fourth Anniversary

published on: January 14, 2021

Nearly four years have passed since  Viator House of Hospitality opened its doors as an alternative to detention for young immigrant men awaiting asylum hearings. The ministry will reach its fourth anniversary on Jan. 17. While the home has drawn … Continue reading

Fr. Daniel Lydon, CSV, Returning Home

published on: January 13, 2021

Fr. Dan Hall, CSV, Provincial of the Viatorian Community, announced Tuesday that Fr. Dan Lydon, CSV, will assume the role of President of Saint Viator High School effective July 1. Fr. Lydon replaces Associate Brian Liedlich who is stepping down … Continue reading

Virtual General Council Meeting Knows No Boundaries

published on: January 12, 2021

Fr. Robert M. Egan, CSV, Superior General, started off the new year with a tradition that just might stick: holding their General Council meetings via Zoom. The virtual meeting platform connected Fr. Egan with members of his council who come … Continue reading

A Prayer for Our Nation

published on: January 8, 2021

  Watching the events in our nation’s capital was extremely disturbing. What was more disturbing was listening to the rhetoric that preceded this tragic event. If we look at history, we see that most acts of hate and violence are … Continue reading

Prayers for Peace from the Viatorian Community

published on: January 7, 2021

Wednesday morning started out like any other in the chapel at the Viatorian Province Center, as retired Viatorians gathered for morning Mass, celebrated by Fr. Michael Keliher, CSV. But this was no ordinary day. Only hours before, insurgents had stormed … Continue reading

Seeing the Beauty of God’s Creation in the Falling Snow

published on: January 6, 2021

On a recent Sunday, Fr. Jason Nesbit, CSV, Pastor of Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais, walked outside the church in between Masses and came across a beautiful image: the church campus sparkling in freshly fallen snow. “I just opened the … Continue reading

Holy Grounds Café Advances Youth Ministry

published on: January 4, 2021

A café located near the teachers’ lounge at Bishop McNamara High School in Kankakee is serving up more than gourmet coffee drinks. This popular gathering spot is the brainchild of a Viatorian and it supports youth ministry programs while teaching … Continue reading

A Virtual Spin on a Christmas Tradition

published on: December 30, 2020

For more than 15 years, families at St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas displayed their nativity sets after all Masses for one weekend in December. Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, Pastor, would bless the images, before children of the parish … Continue reading

Thanking a Viatorian

published on: December 29, 2020

A note last fall from a Saint Viator High School alumna, wishing to connect with her former chemistry teacher, prompted a front page story in the latest edition of the Viatorian newsletter, Viator. Beth Miklius Mainardi, who graduated from Saint … Continue reading

Christmas During the Pandemic Still Powerful

published on: December 28, 2020

Early on during the pandemic, 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 … Continue reading

Christmas Greetings from the Province Center

published on: December 23, 2020

Christmas greetings from the Province Center. It seems strange to say, but as strained as this year has been, it seems to have flown by. With COVID-19, a hotly contested presidential election and division in so many arenas, we can … Continue reading

CTU Pays Tribute to Fr. Mark Francis, CSV

published on: December 22, 2020

With less than two weeks before Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, retires from his role as president of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, administrators and colleagues alike wanted to celebrate his leadership. During a one-hour virtual celebration, everyone from Fr. Kurt … Continue reading

This Viatorian Inspires his Parish

published on: December 21, 2020

Associate Curt Saindon received a shoutout over the weekend, both from officials with Fortitude Community Outreach  in Bourbonnais where he volunteers — and from Fr. Dan Belanger, CSV, pastor of St. George Church. Turns out that as a result of … Continue reading

Advent Prayer Service

published on: December 18, 2020

The Arlington Heights/Chicago Region invites the Viatorian Community for an Advent Prayer Service Date: Sunday, December 20 Time: 4 p.m. Streaming on Facebook @ViatorianUSA

A Simple Image for 2020 Viatorian Christmas Card

published on: December 17, 2020

It starts every summer. Around mid-July, Br. Don Houde, CSV, the unofficial curator of the religious art collection at the Province Center, begins searching its nooks and crannies for that perfect something. His quest? To find a unique rendering of … Continue reading

International Interfaith Gathering: Changing Lives

published on: December 15, 2020

An international Zoom meeting took place Sunday that Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, hopes will lead to changing the lives of older high school and college students who are interested in interfaith leadership. The virtual gathering brought together Christian, Jewish and … Continue reading

This Viatorian is a Lifelong Learner

published on: December 14, 2020

Experts agree that one of the secrets of aging well is to keep learning new things. Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, personifies this philosophy. It was just four years ago that he returned to the classroom to learn Spanish. He took … Continue reading

Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe Around the Province

published on: December 12, 2020

The stirring image of red roses, set up in front of an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, filled the chapel at the Viatorian Province Center with hope and joy on her feast day, just as the flowers did more … Continue reading

An Advent Message from Fr. Daniel Hall, CSV

published on: December 10, 2020

Advent greetings from the Province Center. Advent is a wonderful season. It is a season of waiting and expectation. For me, the visual image of Advent is found in the faces of children as they look in wonder at the … Continue reading

Viatorian Associate Profiled in National Publication

published on: December 9, 2020

Next year, Associate Rosy Hartz will celebrate 20 years working in youth ministry at St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas. Consequently, she is passionate about accompanying young people in their faith formation. Which is why Rosy and her innovative … Continue reading