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December already!

December 01, 2017

The last month of year has arrived and the decorating begins.  Red and green are the traditional colors of choice with a little candy cane paper thrown in and of course Poinsettias to make the December calendar at the Province Center come alive.

As we begin the Advent season and await the blessed birth of Christ, please remember the deceased Viatorians and those celebrating birthdays this month.


Giving Thanks

October 31, 2017

For me, November is synonymous with Thanksgiving.  So for the entire month let us give thanks for all of our blessings – the people in our lives, the food we eat, our homes, the beauty of nature, our pets, and so on.  The list could be endless.  And especially this month remember and be grateful for those who are celebrating birthdays or who have died.

The new calendar exhibit for November is now on display in the Province Center.  After viewing it, stop by the chapel and give thanks for the Viatorian Community, too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

October 2017

October 02, 2017

Can’t believe it’s October, since we’ve had record-breaking warm weather, but it’s here, ready or not.   And at the end of my favorite month of the year comes Halloween – hence the orange and black in the display.  But nothing frightening, just daily celebrations and remembrances! Enjoy!


September 2017

August 31, 2017

September is a busy month with many birthdays and death anniversaries in the Viatorian Community.  We especially remember our founder Louis Querbes’ death in 1859 on the first day of the month.

School is back in session, gardens are being harvested and Mother Nature will soon be taking her course. Leaves will be turning to those beautiful shades of gold, burgundy and burnt orange that are now on display in the Province Center calendar exhibit.


August 2017

July 31, 2017

The sunflowers are in full bloom now and so is the sunshine! Bright yellows and oranges abound and all are represented in this month’s calendar display at the Province Center.

Here you will find the birthdays of the Viatorians, the anniversaries of the deceased, holy days and more, so check it out.  And remember — there is a solar eclipse on August 21, which also happens to be the birthdate of our founder Fr. Louis Querbes back in 1793!



Happy 4th of July and more…

June 30, 2017

The July calendar on display in the Province Center is decked out with red, white and blue, but there is much more to celebrate than the 4th of July holiday this month.  Check it out to see which Viatorians are celebrating birthdays, those being remembered on their death anniversaries and the upcoming events this month, especially the Viatorian Youth Congress.

Just an FYI:
The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.


Shades of Summer

June 01, 2017

June begins our meteorological summer, since June, July and August are the hottest months in the Northern Hemisphere. The actual first day of summer doesn’t begin until July 21.

Thinking of summer brings thoughts of sunshine, so the calendar exhibit on display at the Province Center is decked with pink, yellow, orange and shades in-between and daisies dot the perimeter.  Hope it brightens your day!

Rev. Tolton and the Viatorian Connection

May 18, 2017

After reading a review about this book “From Slave to Priest: A Biography of the Reverend Augustine Tolton (1854-1897) – The First Black Priest of the United States,” I was surprised to learn of a connection with the Viatorians. Rev. Tolton attended an annual retreat at St. Viator College in Bourbonnais, IL just before his death.

Looking in the July 1897 issue of the”The Viatorian” – the college newspaper – I found this mention of the retreat:According to the biography, the heat at that time was 105 degrees. After leaving the three-day retreat, he headed back to St. Monica’s, his parish in Chicago. After stepping off the train, he walked toward the parish, but grew weak and collapsed on the sidewalk. On the evening of July 9, 1897, he died in the hospital of heat stroke and uremia.  Rev. Tolton died at the age of 43, nearly 120 years ago.

The Viatorian connection is minimal, the college wasn’t even in the book index. But this connection is what led me to the book: I realized Tolton’s life is what is important, not his death.  This biography, of a man and his love of God, is an interesting story of persistence and faith.


May Day – May Day

May 01, 2017

Here we are in the month of May – the month of Mary.  May brings thoughts of pastel blues and greens, flower blossoms and ‘May Crownings’ to honor Mary as the “Queen of May.”

Enjoy the new calendar exhibit on display for the month of May at the Province Center!

‘April’ calendar

March 31, 2017

The month of April conjures up thoughts of Easter which in turn makes me think of the purple, yellow, lilies, eggs, etc.  The new calendar exhibit is on display at the Province Center with this very theme – enjoy!