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Oldest Viatorian Celebrates Birthday

December 29, 2015

Congratulations to Fr. Edward Anderson, CSV, who turned 94 on Dec. 29, making him

Fr. Edward Anderson, CSV

Fr. Edward Anderson, CSV

the oldest Viatorian in the Chicago Province.

Fr. Anderson resides in Las Vegas, where he has lived since moving to the area in 1966 to become the fifth principal of Bishop Gorman High School. Over the last 50 years, he served as pastor of St. Viator Catholic Community and rector of Guardian Angel Cathedral before retiring.

 Fr. Thomas von Behren, left, congratulates Fr. Ed Anderson in 2005 on 60 years of religious life

Fr. Thomas von Behren, left, congratulates Fr. Ed Anderson in 2005 on 60 years of religious life

He left Las Vegas for a brief five year period — from 1969-1974 — after being elected by his confreres to serve as their provincial superior.

The former pastor, principal and scholar had left a lasting impression on many of his former novices, as a popular teacher of moral theology in the seminary. Consequently, he was the first Viatorian to be elected to the post, and not appointed.

Happy birthday, Fr. Anderson.