Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, may have retired from St. Viator Parish in Chicago, but parishioners still remember him fondly and his signature ending at every Mass.

11141255_10207336711841185_684639936378265788_nAt the end of each Sunday liturgy, he would say to the congregation: “This is the day the Lord has made.” Without missing a beat, they would respond: “Let us rejoice and be glad.”

In recognition of his pastoral leadership over the last six years, St. Viator parishioners commissioned a mural in the lower level Querbes Hall — developed this summer by Fr. Bolser — bearing his famous parting words. mosaic

If they look around, they see Fr. Bolser’s handprints across the extensive St. Viator church campus, from its restored Rev. Edward V. Cardinal Recreation Center, to the restored stained glass windows in the church, and brick paved patio, sitting area and fountain in front, to name just a few.

Developing the lower level chapel into a meeting room and social area, called Querbes Hall for the founder of the Viatorians, was just one of the many changes that will make a lasting impact on the parish community. Already, the hall has accommodated social gatherings, meetings and classes, and looks to be busy as the school year gets underway.

Fr. Patrick Render, CSV, has returned from Las Vegas to take over as pastor and keep the Viatorians’ flagship parish as vibrant as ever. After all, “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad.”