Members of the Viatorian Community — including associates, brothers and priests — came from throughout the Province of Chicago today to gather for the first day of their annual Provincial Assembly.

“This gathering has taken on a significance beyond addressing issues that are important to the Viatorian Community,” said Fr. Mick Egan, CSV, provincial superior. “The assembly represents an opportunity to build community and celebrate the charism that is shared by all of us.”

Over the course of the three days, the nearly 80 Viatorians will gather in prayer, listen to presentations, discuss issues in small and large groups, and end each day with Mass and a special dinner.

A highlight of each day is recognizing Viatorians celebrating milestone anniversaries, including six jubilarians — Fr. Arnold Perham, Fr. Alan Syslo, Fr. John Pisors, Br. Carlos Florez, Fr. Patrick Render and Bishop Christopher Glancy — and 24 lay associates.

At the heart of this particular assembly is exploring the charism of Fr. Louis Querbes, that continues to unite Viatorians around the world, and looking at new ways to share that vision.

Viatorians opened their first day with a prayer session woven around this theme: “Called to Community.”