Teachers from Saint Viator High School visiting Las Vegas for a technology workshop, connected the dots: They visited their school’s namesake parish, St. Viator Catholic Community in Southeast Las Vegas for Sunday Mass.photo

“We wanted to make the Viator connection,” said Br. Rob Robertson, CSV, a counselor at the high school who joined with biology teacher Eileen Cairo to see the parish founded by the Viatorians nearly 60 years ago.

Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, a graduate of Saint Viator High School, and former teacher and president of the school, now serves as pastor. At Mass, Fr. Rinn introduced the pair to the congregation and reflected on his last assignment at Saint Viator High School, from 1998 to 1999, when he served as president.

IMG_9523“That was one of the best years of my life,” Fr. Rinn told the crowd.

The next year, Fr. Rinn left the school to become pastor of St. Viator Catholic Community, where he has remained nearly 15 years.

Br. Rob and Saint Viator Principal Eileen Manno were in Las Vegas to attend a two-day iPad conference, sponsored by the Bureau of Education & Research. Starting this year, every Saint Viator student will be using an iPad for classroom and homework use. Faculty members have been using iPads for the last year.

“The reduction in the cost of books is incredible,” says Principal Eileen Manno. “The iPads will probably pay for themselves, in many instances, this year. “I can’t believe we got to this point so quickly,” Manno adds, “but we were committed to it — and we did it.”