Fr. Daniel Lydon, CSV, reached 11 years of religious life this year, and six as a priest, as his journey with the Viatorians continues.

Fr. Dan Lydon, CSV

For the last four years he has served as associate pastor at Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais, in his first assignment in pastoral ministry. However, on July 1 he will return to his roots in secondary education, when he takes over as president of Saint Viator High School.

“I am humbled to be presented with this opportunity to lead a community that has meant so much to me throughout my life,” Fr. Lydon said at the time of the announcement.

He first met the Viatorians in 1969, as a freshman at Saint Viator High School. Some 20 years later he would return, hired by Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, to teach Spanish. Ultimately, he would land in administration and act on his calling to become a religious.

“Sometimes we never know about these turn of events,” Fr. Dan said at his ordination in 2015. “If Fr. Bolser hadn’t hired me in 1994, you just never know what would have happened.”

While at Saint Viator, he taught religion and Spanish and also served in its administration. Most recently, he worked to promote adult faith formation, both for faculty and staff, as well as parents.

Each month, Fr. Dan Lydon, left, and Mrs. Rita King, center back, organize faculty into making lunches for Catholic Charities

Working with Mrs. Rita King, another religion teacher, they offer monthly service opportunities, prayer services, a Lenten book club and quarterly family Masses.

Fr. Dan also created an eblast to connect retired Viatorians and their reflections on the upcoming Sunday gospels, with the thousands of Saint Viator alumni, families and students.

Wearing so many hats keeps this Viatorian busy, but he finds his work fulfilling. He is finding it hard to leave his parish role to return to education, but he knows the experience of walking with families through their spiritual journeys will serve him well in his new job.

“I look forward to leading this outstanding institution,” Fr. Dan says, “as we prepare for the continued challenges in providing a community of faith formation and academic excellence.”

Story updated March 30, 2021