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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.

Read more at http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th


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.

Joan


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!

 


Rest in Peace Fr. Kass

March 20, 2017

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.
 

 

 


March Madness

March 01, 2017

There is a lot going on around the Province Center in March – starting with Lent – and of course St. Patrick’s Day.  Stop by to see the latest calendar exhibit – it sports a lot of green!


Book Acquisition

February 23, 2017


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).


It’s February!

February 01, 2017

February suggests valentines, roses, hearts and love, so the monthly calendar displays all of that along with the Viatorian Community member’s birthdays, death anniversaries and more.  Be sure to stop by the Province Center to see what is happening this month.