Fr. Larry Lentz grew up being taught by Viatorians at Griffin High School for Boys in Springfield, and in his early ministry he followed in their footsteps. He earned an undergraduate degree in English and did graduate work at Cambridge, before carving out a career at Saint Viator High School, where he went from English teacher and department chair, ultimately to principal and president.
Yet, he would go on to spend even more time during his 50 years as a Viatorian, in pastoral ministry, serving at St. Viator Parish in Chicago and Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais, before heading west to serve as rector of the Guardian Angel Cathedral in Las Vegas.
Currrently, he serves as associate pastor of St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas after having served as assistant provincial of the Viatorian Community, and in particular overseeing the development of new associates.
If there is one common link in all of these different ministries, it’s Fr. Lentz’s belief in the power of a religious community, such as the Clerics of St. Viator.
“It’s not just about my God and me,” Fr. Lentz says. “It’s about my brothers — and me — in community that makes all of this apostolic work able to be lived out in a genuine way.”