Collectively, they include a nurse, financial specialists, educators and a television executive. This year’s Viatorian lay associates — both new and those who renewed their commitments — come from all walks of life.
Yet, this much they share in common: they have come to identify with the Viatorian mission, spirituality and community life.
The Mass of commitment of associates traditionally opens the first night of the annual Provincial Assembly, and this year it took place at St. George Church in Bourbonnais.
Sonja Brouwers, a longtime parishioner of St. Thomas More Catholic Community, made her first commitment as a Viatorian associate. In September, two more will join her from the west region, including John Keating and Donald Wells.
“We welcome you and rejoice with you in your commitment,” said Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, who presided at the Mass.
Associates who recommitted themselves
as Viatorians for a period of three years, included Julie Baker, Faith Dussman, Linda Nishi, Hector Obregon-Luna, and Joan and Jim Thomas, all from the Arlington Heights/Chicago region; as well as Cheryl and Daniel Schwarz from the Henderson/Las Vegas region. Brian Barrett will make his three-year commitment in September in Las Vegas.
“May you continue to be inspired by the mission of Fr. Querbes, and live that out through prayer and ministry,” Fr. von Behren added, “in partnership with the Viatorians.”