In the Alumni Memorial Chapel at Saint Viator High School and
before a gathering of nearly 150 people, the Viatorian Community welcomed its latest religious brother, Br. Peter Lamick, CSV.
It was a Mass steeped in tradition, as Br. Peter made his perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, committing his life to the Viatorian Community and its mission.
“I ask to be a member of this congregation, for the glory of God and the service of the church,” Br. Peter said at the outset.
Fr. Dan Hall, CSV, Provincial, officiated at the celebration. He had played an important role in Br. Peter’s vocation, as a teacher and a coach at Saint Viator.
In giving his solemn blessing and consecration of Br. Peter as a professed religious, he urged him to go out and make a difference in the world.
“Peter, make it your focus to go out and wake up the world,” Fr. Hall said.
Br. Peter first met the Viatorians when he attended Saint Viator High School and graduated in 2007, before earning his undergraduate degree in history at Benedictine University in Lisle. He would go on to earn a master’s degree in education at DePaul University.
Over the past few years, Br. Peter has served at different Viatorian ministry sites, including pastoral work at parishes in the Bourbonnais/Kankakee region and the Henderson/Las Vegas area, as well as in Campus Ministry at Saint Viator High School, while working on peace and justice initiatives at St. Viator Parish in Chicago and at Viator House of Hospitality.
Most recently, Br. Peter has been teaching at Saint Viator High School, in its Scanlan Center, supporting students needing help with college prep academics. Br. Peter also serves as head freshman football coach and as an assistant basketball coach, reflecting his own experience — and calling — at Saint Viator.
Fr. Hall added that not only had Br. Peter committed himself to the Viatorian Community for life, but that the community had as well.
“Peter, we promise to walk with you on this journey,” Fr. Hall said, “as you become a deeper member of the Viatorian Community.”