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Viatorian Community Council Reaches 5-Year Mark

September 23, 2015

As a group, they include three priests, three religious brothers and six lay associates,

Br. John Eustice, CSV and Associate Randy Baker

Br. John Eustice, CSV and Associate Randy Baker

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.

Fr. Daniel Belanger and Fr. Daniel Lydon relax after the meeting

Fr. Daniel Belanger and Fr. Daniel Lydon relax after the meeting

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.

Associates Marilyn Mulcahy, Connie Gerber and Donna Schwarz make their points

Associates Marilyn Mulcahy, Connie Gerber and Donna Schwarz make their points

“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.