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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.




A New Year Begins…

January 05, 2017

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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!



O Little Town of Bethlehem

December 12, 2016


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.

Merry Christmas!

News clipping from the past

November 18, 2016

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.

185 years ago on this day

November 03, 2016


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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. Querbes

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 Exhibit

October 13, 2016

img_6093St. 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.

The exhibit shows important events over the years – the groundbreakings and dedications of new buildings as well as the Viatorian religious who pastored and assisted the Catholic community.img_6100_crop

The parish began with 36 families and has grown to more than 6,000 today.  Congratulations to this vibrant Viatorian community!


Researcher from Taiwan

September 08, 2016

IMG_5885At 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.

First photo of Br. Sharp

August 12, 2016

SisterAnnSharp-WilliamAlbertSharp-Portrait webBr. 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.


A Tribute to Br. Leo V. Ryan

July 08, 2016

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Click on each photo to enlarge.

May He Rest in Peace

June 15, 2016

A photo montage celebrating the life of
Fr. Kenneth E. Yarno, CSV

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