What’s going on in the Viatorian Community Archives for the United States Province
A new beginning and a new idea – the exhibit case at the Province Center will display a calendar each month this new year. Usually the displays are historical in nature – taken from the materials in the Viatorian Archives. But now, Viatorian birthdays, death anniversaries, religious and civic holidays will be noted, along with the Viatorian Arlington Heights/Chicago region events.
So if you don’t look at your email, the member login page, the Viatorian website or directory to see what is happening in the Community, you can use this oversized calendar if you live or work at the PC.
Let me know if you would like something added to the calendar – it can always be updated!
The Province Center lower lobby — by the chapel — has a new Christmas display. Lighted tree branches encircle the colorful poster called ‘Star of Bethlehem.’
The song ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ softly plays in the background and the first verse of the song is on display to prompt a little singing.
“O Little Town of Bethlehem” was written by Phillips Brooks (1835-1893).
O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;
Yet in thy darkness shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.
The Viatorian Community Archives received this news clipping from Mr. Jim Dittrich who found it in his Uncle Tom Kenney’s belongings. Thankfully, he did not throw it out! It is a nice addition to Fr. Charles Riedel’s collection here.
Unfortunately, the newspaper source and date published is unknown. However, the article states he was 30 years old at the time, so that makes it sometime in 1943. Fr. Riedel served as a military chaplain from 1941-1944.
The news clipping prompted a Veteran’s Day article from the Viatorian Director of Communications, Eileen Daday.
Read more about his life in his obituary.
Today is a special day in the history of the Viatorian Community! On Nov. 3, 1831, Archbishop Gaston de Pins of France approved and accepted the institution of the Clerics of St. Viator – this after his initial disapproval.
Fr. Louis Querbes, the founder and visionary of the community in Vourles, perceived this as divine providence.
The international Viatorian Community today includes brothers, priests and lay associates, just as Fr. Querbes envisioned over 185 years ago.
St. Thomas More Catholic Community in Henderson, NV is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. In 1986, the Diocese of Reno-Las Vegas established the parish under the name of St. Thomas More. Since 1983, it was previously known as the Mission of St. Peter’s.
At the end of August, the Province Center had a visitor for three days from one of our early foreign missions — Cheng Sung (aka Jones) from Taiwan. Jones was a former student of Fr. Simon Lefebvre at Wei Tao (St. Viator) High School in Taichung back in 1967 – 1971.
He came to the United States to visit Fr. Lee, as he and his classmates called him, as well as research in the Viatorian Community Archives about the mission in Taiwan.
Read more about his visit here.
Br. William Sharp, CSV, passed away in August of 1939 at the age of 21. For 77 years, the Viatorian Community Archives never had a photo of him — until now — when Fr. Charlie Bolser, CSV, met Br. Sharp’s sister at the Benedictine Monastery in Chicago.
Sharp’s sister, Sr. Ann Sharp, OSB, age 95, shared fond stories and photographs of her older brother with Eileen Daday, Director of Public Relations and Communications for the Viatorians.
We are grateful to get to know Br. Bill through Sr. Ann’s memories.
Read and see more photos here.
Click on each photo to enlarge.
A photo montage celebrating the life of
Fr. Kenneth E. Yarno, CSV
In preparation for this year’s Provincial Assembly, a new exhibit is on display at the Province Center in Arlington Heights. The photos showcase the activities from the assembly held last year in Bourbonnais — where the Viatorians began ministering in the United States 150 years ago.
Both St. George and Maternity BVM churches in Bourbonnais hosted the Viatorians with Mass, an associate commitment/re-commitment ceremony and a jubilarian celebration of religious life and priesthood. Meetings, presentations and discussions on the topic of ‘discipleship’ were held in the hotel conference rooms.
Group photos of Viatorians that attended from the three regions — Arlington Heights-Chicago, Bourbonnais-Kankakee and Henderson-Las Vegas — are also on display.
This year’s Provincial Assembly will be held in Arlington Heights from Jun. 21-23.