Viatorian Voices: Conversations on the Way

Join us to learn more about the Viatorians, our charism, mission, and ministry, and the ways our brothers, priests, associates, and communities are proclaiming Christ and His Gospel and raising communities where faith is lived, deepened, and celebrated. For most episodes, our host Jim Mitchell (SVHS ’77, Mitchell Marketing Management) chats with new guests each episode about another exciting and integral area of our ministry and community life, and special roundtable episodes offer deeper dives into special topics and stories. In others, a Viatorian or staff member conducts a longer roundtable discussion to dig deeper into a Viatorian topic.

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Ep. 40: 100 Years of Bishop Mac with Pre-Associate Terry Granger

The Bishop McNamara Catholic Schools community, with its predecessor names and parish schools, celebrates its 100th year of Catholic educational ministry. Viatorians led the school for fifty of those years (1931-1981) and continue to support the school in various ways today. In this episode, Pre-Associate Terry Granger, former elementary school principal and current system president, shares more about the school community to celebrate its past and present and look forward to a bright future. To learn more, follow @BishopMcNamara on social media or visit BishopMac.com. (This episode debuted on November 28, 2022.)

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The consistent ethic of life is an integral Catholic social teaching that life is dignified and valuable from conception to natural death. It was articulated by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, archbishop of Chicago from 1982 until his death in 1996 from pancreatic cancer. Fr. Mark Francis, CSV had many interactions with Cardinal Bernardin during his time as a professor, as Viatorian Superior General, and also with peers and proteges of the cardinal while Fr. Francis was president of Catholic Theological Union, where the Bernardin Center is based. In this conversation, we tap into this connection to unpack the consistent ethic of life. (This episode debuted on November 14, 2022.)

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Ep. 38: Roundtable on Viatorian Roots and Legacy at St. Thomas More with Fr. Tom Long, CSV, Associate Juliann Dwyer, and Br. John Eustice, CSV

As the regional population grew around Las Vegas, residents in the Green Valley area of Henderson saw a need to start a new parish in their area. Early gatherings started in 1984 and were held in a preschool and later a mortuary chapel. In 1986, the Diocese of Las Vegas established St. Thomas More Catholic Community with Viatorian priest Fr. Tom Long, CSV as its first pastor. The parish first built a multi-purpose center where they then celebrated Mass for several years until their church was completed and dedicated in 1996. Several Viatorians have served as pastors and associate pastors, and many lay parishioners have become Viatorian associates. In 2019, the Viatorians handed administration of the parish to the Diocese of Las Vegas, concluding 33 years of leadership there. Today, we seek to celebrate the origins, ministry, and community life of this Viatorian-founded parish, and honor the good work that continues today. (This conversation was recorded in September 2022, and the episode debuted on October 31, 2022.)

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Ep. 37: Agricultural Stewardship with Associate David Surprenant

Viatorian Associates David and Susan Surprenant run a family farm in Manteno, Illinois, near many Viatorian ministry sites in Kankakee County, Illinois. After decades of milking Holstein dairy cows, they sold them to start a cow-calf operation with Black Angus livestock. Care for God’s Creation is central to their agricultural vocation, mindfully tending the soil and the cows. In this conversation, Dave shares some of the ways his family strives for good stewardship, caring sustainably for their land, for their animals, and for their stability and livelihood. (This episode debuted on October 17, 2022.)

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Ep. 36: Accompanying Young People Seeking Asylum with Br. Michael Gosch, CSV

Unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the US are initially placed in group homes, but upon turning 18, they are transferred to prisons. In 2017, Br. Michael Gosch, CSV and Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, with the support of the Viatorian Community, founded Viator House of Hospitality. This is a community home that receives young men on or after their 18th birthday and provide hope, healing, and opportunity while they await their asylum hearings and potential legal relief. To learn more visit viatorhouseofhospitality.com. (This episode debuted on October 3, 2022.)

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