Students and staff at Cristo Rey St. Viator in Las Vegas gathered for an Easter celebration last week after returning to school from spring break. It was their last all-school Mass and it had a distinctly Viatorian theme.

Br. Carlos Florez and Fr. Robert M. Egan process in behind a student.

For starters, Br. Carlos Florez, CSV, coordinated all parts of the Mass, including the students who participated in it. He has been a member of the administration since the school opened in 2019 and he now serves as Director of Catholic & Viatorian Identity.

In planning this special liturgy, Br. Carlos invited Fr. Robert M. Egan, CSV, Superior General, to be the celebrant. Fr. Egan has supported the school’s mission since its inception, but this was only the second time he presided at Mass with the school community.

“I was certainly happy to be invited to preside,” Fr. Egan says.

In his homily he stressed that the school was sponsored by the Clerics of Saint Viator and that by sponsoring Cristo Rey St. Viator Viatorians remained consistent with their commitment to educating youth and responding to their mission statement of “raising up communities where faith is lived, deepened and celebrated.”

Students stand for the reading of the gospel.

Fr. Egan went on to stress that each person there needs to be visible signs of the Risen Christ in the world — at school, in their families and in their community.

“This commitment to living out lives grounded in the Gospel — in lives of integrity and honesty — will help others to see and believe in the presence of Christ,” Fr. Egan said, “in their lives and in the lives of those they encounter.”