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Glass plate negatives reveal the past around the turn of the 20th century

May 03, 2018

The following images were scanned from glass plate negatives that were found in Burke Administration Building on the campus of Olivet University in Bourbonnais, the former St. Viator College.  They were passed on to the Viatorian Community Archives earlier this year.

They can be dated from the late 1890s to the early 1900s.  Most of the people are not identified yet – let me know if you can identify anyone from your family tree or town.  Contact me at


Two priests and group of young men posing behind the old St. Viator campus, chapel (far left). Fr. James F. Ryan, CSV, standing 2nd from right.


Priest (right) shaking his finger at three young men smoking pipes near the chapel


Young cadet standing behind the old St. Viator College buildings (domed chapel, far left)


Group of  men and priest (back row center) standing behind St. Viator College buildings. Maternity BVM Church steeple (far right)


Three young men posing around a priest (center back) behind the college campus; chapel on far left


Three Congregation of Notre Dame nuns sitting in a room


Woman standing next to a Congregation of Notre Dame nun sitting

Young girl standing next to table holding candle, First Communion Day


Young boy standing next to table holding a candle, possibly First Communion Day


Young boy standing next to a chair holding a candle, possibly First Communion Day


Woman seated in a chair


Sisters of Mercy nun sitting (blurry)


Young boy standing next to a table


Very young boy standing next to a very young girl sitting


Young man sitting next to table


Young priest sitting, possibly a Redemptorist


Group of 7 young women posing


Group of 9 young women standing outside; man in background



5 young men pose while ice skating, another looks on in the background



The Epiphany

January 02, 2018

The original greeting card (left) from St. Viator College, c. 1917

We are now in the season of the Epiphany.  The card that was donated was blown up to poster size and is now on display in the Province Center, as it shows the Wise Men following the star to Bethlehem.  It won’t be up for long as a new digital display will be installed sometime soon where the exhibit case sits now.  Looking forward to that!  New year – new ideas!

Wishing all a happy and healthy 2018!

Merry Christmas 2017!

December 21, 2017

Read about this nearly 100 year old greeting card here.

RIP Fr. William Mayer

December 14, 2017

Fr. Bill Mayer was buried on Wednesday, Dec. 13th and below are the photo boards that were displayed at his wake in the Province Center chapel.  Please remember Fr. Mayer in your prayers.

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.