What’s going on in the Viatorian Community Archives for the United States Province
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.
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!
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.
Read more at http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th
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!
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.
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!
These are the photo boards that were displayed at the wake and funeral of Fr. Tom Kass – held at the Province Center on Sat. Mar. 18, 2017. Read his obit here.
The Viatorian Community Archives recently acquired a dissertation titled “The Life of Rt. Rev. Joseph Rosati, CM: First Bishop of St. Louis, 1789-1843.” It was written in 1942 by Rev. Frederick John Easterly, MA, as a partial requirement for his degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC.
Bishop Rosati was instrumental in bringing the Viatorians from France to St. Louis in 1842. Br. Jim Lewnard, CSV, is currently researching in the archives and writing the history of the St. Louis Mission (1842-1847).