Oh sure, there were regular liturgies and all of the activities that go on at the busy parish of more than 2,000 families, but one thing was different: Bishop R. Daniel Conlon came calling and he immersed himself in nearly every aspect of parish life.
“He is seeking to visit every parish in the diocese over a seven year period,” says Fr. Jason Nesbit, CSV, associate pastor.
Over the course of the weekend, Bishop Conlon visited the school and offered a Mass for students and faculty. He also visited the sick, heard confessions, met with the parish council and other groups throughout the parish, and attended a ministry appreciation event. As a culmination, he celebrated all of the weekend Masses.
“In my lifetime, I cannot remember a bishop ever doing that at just regular Masses,” Rose added. “It was very cool.”
It brought his visit full circle, at least for the Viatorians. Just over 50 years ago, another bishop came calling at Maternity BVM: Bishop Martin D. McNamara, for whom the high school is named. His visit then marked 100 years of Viatorians serving in Bourbonnais.