Nearly nine years ago, a pair of Viatorian brothers knelt before their Provincial Superior, Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, and pledged their perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience — and promised to spend the rest of their lives in the service of others.
Since that time, Br. John Eustice, CSV, and Fr. Jason Nesbit, CSV, have done just that.
Br. John worked with youth and outreach at the former Viatorian mission site in Belize, and currently serves as co-director of Campus Ministry at Saint Viator High School, while Fr. Jason has served as associate pastor of Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais.
Now, their paths will cross again. Beginning this summer, Br. John will begin a new assignment at Maternity BVM Parish, assisting in youth and young adult ministry. He will live in the rectory, along with Fr. Richard Pighini, CSV, pastor and Fr. Jason.
“I believe God has been calling me to work in a more rural area where personnel resources are in need,” Br. John said in telling his co-workers at the high school. “I also have the desire to be working in the outreach efforts of a parish.”
At the time of their perpetual vow ceremony, they drew 200 people to witness their holy calling, including most of their Viatorian confreres.
“I don’t know where this path will lead,” Fr. Jason said at the time, “but I do know who will be with me along the way.”