What’s going on in the Viatorian Community Archives for the United States Province
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).
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.
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.