It’s become an annual tradition for Viatorians across the Chicago Province: visiting the gravesites of Viatorians who went before them, on Querbes Day, when the founder of the Clerics of St. Viator, Fr. Louis Querbes, passed away.IMG_3563

“This annual pilgrimage gives members of the community the opportunity to reflect on the many blessings of those who came before them,” says Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, “and give thanks for the rich legacy they left behind.”

In the Chicago area, Viatorian associates, brothers and priests visited Queen of Heaven Cemetery in suburban Hillside, where they placed red carnations on the graves of 132 Viatorians. They also remembered in prayer — and named — the 235 Viatorians around the world who have died.

IMG_3533Leading up to the day, Associates Karen Cutler,  Joan Sweeney, Donna Schwarz and Jim Thomas, and Br. Rob Robertson , trimmed the landscaping and power washed all of the graves in preparation for the ceremony.