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Fr. George Auger and his Lasting Legacy

published on: June 3, 2020

Fr. George Auger, CSV, was among the founding faculty members at Saint Viator High School when it opened in 1961, and he would go on to serve in pastoral ministry in Bourbonnais and Kankakee. But perhaps his lasting legacy lies … Continue reading

A Call for Authentic Change Amid Racism and Brutality

published on: June 2, 2020

The 200 men’s religious communities who make up the Conference of Major Superiors of Men — of which the Viatorians are members — issued a statement today, amid this week of turmoil. “This moment in our nation and in the … Continue reading

A Viatorian Response to George Floyd’s Death

published on: June 1, 2020

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That is a phrase that I remember from my earliest memories.  It was driven into us as children. When I look at today’s world, that simple phrase seems to … Continue reading

Come, Holy Spirit!

published on: May 29, 2020

We celebrate Pentecost on Sunday, the feast that marks the birth of the Church, writes Fr. Patrick Render, CSV, Pastor, in this weekend’s bulletin at St. Viator Parish in Chicago. He describes Pentecost as that experience when the Spirit of … Continue reading

Memorial Day Tribute

published on: May 25, 2020

Viatorians have served in the trenches and on the battlefields, all the way back to World War I. Most have served as military chaplains, but others served with the troops. Here’s a look back at some of these heroes:

Living the Challenge of Laudato Si’

published on: May 22, 2020

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the publishing of Laudato Si’, the encyclical written by Pope Francis, on the care for our common home. Fittingly, the anniversary comes at a time when the world is experiencing a history-defining crisis. … Continue reading

Come Join Us for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

published on: May 21, 2020

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a centuries-old tradition rooted in the Catholic faith, yet it finds new life — even a larger audience — in the virtual exposition of the Eucharist. Here, Br. Peter Lamick, CSV, combines with  Br. … Continue reading

Parish Updates from Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV

published on: May 20, 2020

Right from the start, 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 staring … Continue reading

Another Successful Ramadan Fundraiser

published on: May 19, 2020

A Cook County Commissioner, a Viatorian priest and a group of Muslim women all came together this week, on the one-year anniversary of a successful fundraiser to help unaccompanied young migrants, held during the holy season of Ramadan. It was … Continue reading

Colegio San Viator in Bogotá Recognized as 5-Star School

published on: May 18, 2020

Amid the disruption caused by COVID-19, the administrative team at Colegio San Viator-Bogotá managed to earn a coveted certification based on the quality of their educational services. Fr. Albeyro Vanegas, CSV, President, announced the news to the community on the … Continue reading

Viatorians in the Media

published on: May 14, 2020

Br. John Eustice, CSV, and Br. Peter Lamick, CSV, were interviewed earlier this month on “Catholic Chicago,” the radio arm of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Their topic? The role of religious brothers. “You always hear a lot about religious sisters … Continue reading

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

published on: May 12, 2020

Fr. John Peeters, CSV, is a faithful correspondent to his St. Patrick Church staff whenever Viatorian duties take him away from Kankakee. His accounts are filled with much detail, and are as entertaining as they are thorough. In reflecting on … Continue reading

Viatorian Parish Crowns its Patroness

published on: May 11, 2020

Fittingly, on Mother’s Day, Fr. Jason Nesbit, CSV, Pastor of Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Bourbonnais, concluded his liturgy with a May crowning of its patroness. The simple ceremony took place outdoors, in front of a statue … Continue reading

A Mother’s Day Prayer

published on: May 10, 2020

Fr. William Haesaert, CSV, is a favorite among the school children and young people alike at St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas. In this short video, he shows why, as he briefly shares a prayer to Mary that his … Continue reading

During Pandemic, Viatorians Turn to Mary

published on: May 7, 2020

On the same night, Viatorians led people in praying the rosary in two different sites: at St. George Parish in Bourbonnais, led by Fr. Dan Belanger, CSV, and Associate Paula Wasser; and at Saint Viator High School, led virtually by … Continue reading

A New Twist on an 8th Grade Tradition

published on: May 6, 2020

Today would have been the last Mass for graduating 8th graders at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas. How bittersweet that they cannot gather with the school community, to process into church in there graduation gowns, celebrate Mass and … Continue reading

Zoom Mass For and With Young People

published on: May 4, 2020

Viatorians have been offering livestreaming Masses since mid-March, when shelter at home orders went into effect and church doors closed. However, the Mass offered on Good Shepherd Sunday was shared via Zoom, and drew young people to join with several … Continue reading

Recognizing the Prophetic Role of Religious Brothers

published on: May 1, 2020

Celebrate the ministry of religious brothers! These vowed men have been a part of the fabric of the Viatorian Community since its founding in 1831, and they continue to bring the good news of the love and mercy of God … Continue reading

Zoom Mass for Young Adults

published on: April 30, 2020

At its very core, the Viatorian Community enthusiastically looks for ways to support young adults from Viatorian communities. Think greater engagement, ongoing formation and continued communal life. Those are some of the ways its Viatorian Vocation Ministry works with young … Continue reading

Rural Parishioners at St. George Have a Heart for Young Asylum Seekers

published on: April 29, 2020

The Parish of St. George is set amidst a backdrop of cornfields, in a rural corner of Bourbonnais. It’s a long way — more than 70 miles — from the Viator House of Hospitality in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs, but when … Continue reading

Viatorians Receive Shout-Out from Cristo Rey St. Martin

published on: April 28, 2020

On Saturday, officials with Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan held their first “virtual” fundraiser, and it turned out to be a huge success. “Together, we raised over $500,000 for the students of CRSM,” said Preston Kendall, President, … Continue reading

A Reflection on the Road to Emmaus

published on: April 27, 2020

Associate Susan Bourgeois offered this reflection about the gospel for the third Sunday of Easter. She shared her thoughts with parishioners at St. George Church in Bourbonnais, but her personal struggle with loss and grief speak to a wider audience. … Continue reading

Coached by a Viatorian, He Now Heads to the NFL

published on: April 25, 2020

The cheering could be heard throughout the city of Chicago, to its Northwest suburbs and as far away as South Bend, IN. With the 43rd pick of the NFL draft, the Chicago Bears chose tight end Cole Kmet. The choice … Continue reading

United in Interfaith Prayer and Stories

published on: April 23, 2020

Join us virtually this Sunday for a wonderful interfaith program! YouTube: Zoom:…

Earth Day Means Gardening in Las Vegas

published on: April 22, 2020

Fittingly, the seeds that students at St. Viator School in Las Vegas planted on Ash Wednesday, began producing vegetables as early as Easter Week. They are tangible signs of new life! Today, on Earth Day, even more of these nutritious … Continue reading

Liturgical Music Makes the Heart Sing

published on: April 21, 2020

Music plays an important role in the vibrant liturgies at Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais. Under the direction of Chris Lord, Director of Music Ministry, some seven different ensembles accompany different liturgies, as well as teenage and adult musicians. One … Continue reading

Rest in Peace, Associate John Paulik

published on: April 20, 2020

The Viatorian Community lost one of its newest associates this month with the passing of John Paulik. Though he had made his first commitment less than two years ago, it came after a dozen years of working alongside of the … Continue reading

Signs of Spring Renewal are all Around Us

published on: April 14, 2020

Fr. John Peeters, CSV, celebrates 60 years as a Viatorian this year, and he continues to uplift all those he serves. On Easter, he offered this reflection to his parishioners at St. Patrick’s Church in Kankakee, and it challenges them to … Continue reading

Fly-Over in Las Vegas Offers Powerful Message

published on: April 13, 2020

A sixth grader at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas captured this video Saturday, of the Thunderbirds doing a fly-over in support of health care workers, first responders and essential personnel working on the frontlines of the coronavirus. The … Continue reading