As a group, they include three priests, three religious brothers and six lay associates,
who range from a school principal and a marketing executive, to a pastoral associate.
Twice a year, they all take their seats as members of the Viatorian Community Council, or VCC, which was created in 2010 by the Chicago Province of the Clerics of St. Viator, as a new model of participation.
They come from across the province, including the Henderson/Las Vegas region, as well as the Bourbonnais/Kankakee, and Arlington Heights/Chicago regions.
The group addresses issues common to members of the Province, consequently, their discussions range from tackling concerns in formation, vocations and community life, to broader issues such as mission, spirituality and ministry.
“It’s all about collaboration,” says Fr. Daniel Belanger, CSV.
His confrere, Fr. Daniel Lydon, CSV, agrees.
“It’s lay and professed members coming together to talk about community issues,” Fr. Lydon adds. “It’s meaningful.”
Collectively, they serve as an advisory board to the provincial and his provincial council, but this much they know: They all are committed to the Viatorian mission and charism.