Quarterly Newsletter of the Clerics of St. Viator • Volume 9, Number 2
Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church The first church of the Clerics of Saint Viator in the United States is located in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish is the mother parish of all of the Catholic churches in Kankakee county. It was early in the 19th century that French and Canadian settlers established themselves on the banks of the Kankakee River. The one thing they had in common was their strong Catholic faith and so it was that in June of 1837 the first mass, in what was then known as Bourbonnais Grove, was celebrated by Fr. Lalumiere in the rural home of Noel Levasseur, a stanch Episcopalian Canadian fur trader. By April 29, 1847, a log church, dedicated to St. Leo, was established by the Rt. Rev. William Quarter, the first Bishop of Chicago. The Rev. Renee Courjault, a native of France, was appointed as pastor. That September, the parish congregation had grown to 77 families and 471 individuals. By 1850, the old log church had been replaced by a new frame church dedicated to the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the congregation had grown to 1600 members. This church was destroyed by fire in 1853, and a new structure which is the present church, was erected in 1856. The stone used in the building of the church was cut in the local limestone quarries by the parishioners and hauled by oxen to the construction site. The stone structure was reinforced with 24-inch timbers and welded together with oak pegs. Upon completion in 1858, the church was described in journals as “architecturally unique, the construction superb, and the balcony surrounding the church is a masterpiece of engineering.” Except for some minor steel reinforcements, the structure stands today as it did some 160 years ago. In 1860, three sisters, members of the Congregation of Notre Dame, arrived from Montreal, Canada to establish a school for girls. However, it was thought that the boys were not receiving the proper Catholic instruction. Fr. Cote, pastor of Maternity BVM in 1864, appealed to the Provincial of the Canadian Province of the Clerics of Saint Viator requesting him to send Viatorian brothers to establish and take charge of a school for boys. Fr. Cote also agreed to resign from his parish so continued on page 2
Our Mission... The Easter season is a time of promise; of life unfolding. The winter season is a time of rest and hibernation; of gathering new energy. The seasons of life demonstrate the ebb and flow of energy; from birth to death. In a sense, birth and death are both an illusion. As we study the appearance Fr. Charles G. Bolser, of matter itself, we find that what we experience is CSV, Provincial only the manifestation of something much deeper and more profound. Modern scientists continue to demonstrate the depths of the mystery and miracle of existence. What we experience as real is based on our personal and collective perspective. We know that all material things are composed of atoms, molecules and even smaller particles that we don’t see or understand, but at the same time, we experience things with particular forms and structures that make sense of our limited imagination. Our imagination is limited by our own time and space – we fail to grasp the reality of times centuries ago and in other places. Even today, we fail to truly understand the way other cultures look at the world – we look at them from our own perspective and judge them accordingly. This limited experience is based on our own fears, dreams, expectations, and understanding. People of different religious experiences, races, sexual differentiation, ethnic and regional backgrounds judge others based on their particular viewpoints about everything. But life is much more interesting and diverse that one viewpoint, belief or conviction. Life is and has been constantly unfolding with a diversity that reflects the diversity of the one God. We have been used to thinking of God as one being – out there somewhere separate from us, static in nature, and like a clock maker or mechanic who makes something and then keeps it running. Somewhere in our deep past, we developed the idea of a quasi god in rivalry with our God – Satan. We began to look at things as if all is composed of opposites. Reality in this view is black or white; light or dark; good or evil, etc., etc. As we begin to look deeper, we also begin to see that all that is, is not simply either/or; it is also both/and. All that is, is composed of light and darkness; good and bad; black and white. All that is, is much more complex that we like to admit – we would much rather see things as simple. Anything else is ambiguous and painful to deal with. As we watch life unfold around us and within us, we observe the passing seasons and our inexorable journey that is not simply my own life, but continued on page 2
Along with your prayers, your financial assistance is greatly needed by the Viatorians to continue our ministries in the United States as well as overseas. If you would like to assist us financially in our ministries, gifts may be sent to: Viatorian Development Office 1212 East Euclid Ave. Arlington Heights, IL 60004 847-398-6805 You may designate where your gifts will be used, or you can trust us to distribute the funds where they are needed most at a particular time. As a non-profit and taxexempt organization, the Viatorians are very grateful for your prayers and financial support in “educating for the future.” For Wills and Bequests: Clerics of St. Viator an Illinois Corporation
Belize Medical Mission completes another successful trip: Hailing from Bourbonnais, IL – one of two Viatorian Belize Medical Missions left for Belize on February 9, 2004. This year the volunteer doctors and nurses, headed by Mrs. Judy Glancy R.N., visited 6 villages in the Corozal District of Belize. During their 9-day mission trip, they assisted almost 1300 men, women and children with various ailments. In addition to general wellness checks, the medical team treated those in need for worms, hypertension, musculoskeletal complaints and GI problems. Thank you to all of those who have assisted in the success of this important mission trip. Eager volunteers, generous financial donations, and prayers have been pivotal factors in the realization of all Viatorian mission trips. For more information, please contact the Viatorian Development Office at 847-398-6805.
Our Mission... continued from page 1
part and parcel of God’s unfolding creation. The Easter message invites us to enter into becoming fully human, but also aware of the presence of the divine and sacred within us at the same time, always drawing us forward. We are the unfolding of conscious awareness – much as we watch an infant becoming aware of herself and the world that surrounds her, always filled with mystery and new possibility. God invites us to enter into all that life brings; the pain and the loss as well as the gain and the joy. It is in entering into the crucifixion and death experience that enables us to encounter the resurrection to new life. They are both expressions of life and are both filled with the presence of God.
was the first to experience the resurrected Christ, and then the apostles and other disciples and then those who found the Christ in the breaking of the bread. We are called to find that reality of Christ within ourselves and all of Creation. Christ lives within the human and pain filled struggles that surround us each and every day. Christ calls us forth to be a people of faith in the ongoing presence of a loving God – to be an Easter people aware of our oneness with one another as children of that God. Our mission is to proclaim that Christ that lives within each man and woman – each child – in all of our diversity recognizing our common humanity. In this call, we can, in spite of our fears and pain, walk together with faith and hope, with compassion and solace, united in the love that binds all things together.
The Easter message is that God is present in life and that we have nothing to fear, not even death. Nothing that exists ceases to exist, but continues to be engaged in the energy and life of God the creator. What we see as death, is in reality a transformation to a new life that is beyond our imagination. Mary, of Magdala,
Maternity...contd. from page 1 In September of 1920, the Fr. Walter Surprenant, CSV, became pastor. Under his careful administration the parish debt was paid off and numerous improvements were made to the church. In 1923 Fr. Surprenant was appointed American Provincial of the Clerics of St. Viator; he served in that capacity for six years along with the pastorate in Bourbonnais. In 1945, the church was renovated and a German artist, Henrish Mueller, decorated the sanctuary with an oil painting of the Immaculate Conception.
that a priest of the Viatorian community might be sent to accompany the brothers. On September 6, 1865, Fr. Peter Beaudoin, CSV, and two brothers Jean Baptiste Bernard, CSV and Augustin Martel, CSV left Canada for the United States. The small school which these Viatorians established was so successful that by 1874, a University Charter was obtained from the Illinois State legislature and ground was broken for a stone edifice which housed the classical and commercial college. More than 300 priests, among them the future Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, and hundreds of lawyers, physicians and businessmen graduated from St. Viator College. However, due to the Depression, bankruptcy was declared in 1938 and the college was closed. Today, the grounds and buildings of the former college are a part of the Olivet Nazarene University complex, which maintains a “St. Viator College Room” detailing the history of the institution.
Others who have served as pastors are Fathers: Hutton, Donahue, Billadeau, Devereaux, Carey, Crilly, Lentz, C. Bolser, and the current pastor Fr. John Linnan. Effective July 1, 2004, Fr. Richard Pighini, CSV, will assume the responsibilities of pastor. In 1997, the parish celebrated its sesquicentennial, 150 years of continual presence of the Catholic Church in Bourbonnais, and in the year 2005, the Clerics of Saint Viator will celebrate 140 years of their presence serving the more than 1400 families who are currently members of Maternity BVM Church.
From the time of their arrival in 1865 to the present day, the Clerics of Saint Viator have served the spiritual needs of the parishioners of Maternity BVM Church. Fr. Pierre Beaudoin, CSV, (1856-1900) was followed by Fr. Cyrille Fournier, CSV, (1900-1908); Rev. M.T. Dugas, CSV, (1908-1919); and Fr. Philip Dube, CSV, (1919-1920).
Maternity BVM dedicated its new addition of offices and meeting rooms on March 20th.
Provincial Chapter the particular regulations that govern membership. Also, among the important activities of the Provincial Chapter is overseeing elections of the Provincial, the Provincial Council, the Provincial Chapter itself, as well as delegates to the International General Chapter. For elections, a Provincial Assembly is called so that the entire membership of those who have been in vows for three years may vote.
Whether they are listening to Father Bolser’s State of the Province report, Father Erickson’s Annual Financial Report or a report about the Viatorian Associates activities, Provincial Chapter members are always involved in the business of Viatorian life. Viatorians, like other religious congregations and orders have a system of governance with constitutions and regulations. Our leader, superior, serves one or two terms for 4 or 8 years. He is elected by the membership of the Chicago province and is aided in the ordinary administration by his cabinet, called the Provincial Council. More than 30 years ago, in an effort to insure dialogue and continuing representation of the members of the community, still another tier of leadership was created, the Provincial Chapter. It is composed of ten members and two alternatives that are elected at-large by members of the Province. If the Provincial and Council see a need for reasons of representation, they may appoint up to three more members.
Ordinarily the Provincial Chapter meets twice a year for one or two days at a time. Often there is a report about our foundations in Belize and Colombia. Sometimes the Chapter is asked to discuss issues of Justice and Peace or a Lay Volunteer Program. In the recent meeting, there was discussion about the Community’s involvement with the establishment of the new St. Martin de Porres High School in Waukegan. For several meetings there were presentations and discussions about the Comprehensive Development Policy which includes the Viatorian vision statement.
The Provincial Chapter has the primary role of expressing the needs, hopes, and accomplishments of the Province. It is generally a consultative body; however, it has deliberative powers when it comes to establishing
Association expands to Las Vegas • The meaning of the Associates in the Clerics of Saint Viator given by the Superior General
Written by Fr. Langenfeld CSV The pre-Associates of Las Vegas are a varied group in so many ways. They were formed in response to the question: "Aren't there any people in Las Vegas who would be interested in becoming Associates of the Clerics of Saint Viator?" Not long after this question was asked, someone in Las Vegas who receives The Viator asked me "Who are these Associates that I read about in The Viator?”
• A prayer Service and Dinner with the Provincial Superior and his Council. • At our meeting in March, we discussed some current topics that Catholics face. All members receive the monthly magazine US Catholic.
So a meeting was organized for lay people who one or more of the Viatorians currently stationed in Las Vegas thought might be interested in becoming part of such a group. Some Associates in the Midwest were invited to meet with the group and explain the nature and goal of the Associates. The group that gathered was primarily from the parishes where Viatorians minister. There were also some who had heard about the Viatorian Associates from other parishes. The age of the lay persons who attended ranged from 20 years old to senior status. Very few of those who were there are salaried by C.S.V. parishes. However they are active in a parish or active in several parishes or have worked with Viatorians as volunteers. A recent graduate of Gorman High School is also an active member of the group.
The goal of the Associate Program is seen as carrying the Viatorian Spirit into the workplace and homes where the Associates are active. It is presumed that this goal can be achieved only if the Associates well who the Viatorians are and what they consider their mission to be. While the Viatorian Associates accept this goal as their mission, the vowed Viatorians would be responsible for making this possible by giving the membership the opportunity to know more about the Viatorians, as well as offering encouragement. The Associates, in turn, would help the vowed Viatorians in their mission. In the summer, the members of the pre-Associates will be invited to write letters to the Provincial Council asking to be formally accepted as Associates the Clerics of Saint Viator.
At a later meeting, those who were interested in continuing, registered and were accepted as pre-Associates. However, there continues to be some who come to these meetings who have not yet formally registered. (The number of registered participants is 14; the number of those who have not yet registered but come to most meetings is five.)
Why do people want to become Associates? The answer to that question is primarily because they value what the Viatorians can and do contribute to Christian Catholic development. Many of the pre-Associates have been closely associated with the Viatorians for years. The fact that meetings are attended by almost all vowed Viatorians in Las Vegas is an encouragement to the program. It allows for mutual formation and discussion and definitely helps to achieve the goals as stated above.
The meetings of the pre-Associates normally consist of a prayer session, a talk and/or discussion and a time for socializing. The talks and discussions thus far have included:
Marilyn Mulcahy has been very helpful to us in starting the program. Her wisdom and experience has been valuable. We trust that the Las Vegas pre-Associate program will prove beneficial to all who are involved.
• The Founding of the Clerics of Saint Viator by Father Querbes and its early development
Viatorian Tradition Around the World Colombia: A bakery is established in Libano: Padre Brian Cooper CSV reports that he has successfully established a bakery which will be used to furnish baked goods (mainly bread and cookies) for the food program. Fr. Brian was able to purchase equipment such as a mixer, a table and showcase for $500.00 with donated funds. He has recruited a baker who is teaching women how to bake by spending time with them on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays. This will also furnish work and a small income for the women participating (they will keep 20 percent of the profits). The bakery is located adjacent to the Viatorian Center on a corner street. He plans to raise additional funds for this and other existing programs by selling the baked goods.
Viatorians protest at U.S. terrorist training camp Brothers Gosch and Brost plan to return to next year’s demonstration if Congress doesn’t close the school. They invite all Viatorian religious, associates, high school graduates and lay partners to consider joining them for the protest, which takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving.
A group of Viatorians traveled last fall to Fort Benning, Georgia, to call for the closing of a U.S. military training school implicated in the torture and murder of Latin Americans. Br. Michael Gosch, Br. Corey Brost CSV and Doug Hudson, along with St. Viator High School teacher Peter Sommers joined 10,000 other protestors outside the base, which hosts the School of the Americas (SOA). The Viatorians were met there by John Eustice, who plans to enter the Viatorian novitiate this summer, and four graduates of Viatorian high schools: three from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, and one from St. Viator High School.
For a detailed story about the protest and more information about how you can help close the SOA go to www.soaw.org. Contact Br. Brost at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about next year’s Viatorian trip. (left) More than 10,000 people gathered to call for the closure of the School of the Americas. Here people wait before a procession that will take them to the school's front gate, where they will leave a cross with the name of a person killed by a graduate of SOA.
The U.S. has provided military training for soldiers from Latin American countries at the school since the 1940s. After returning home, many of the school’s graduates have tortured or killed civilians working for the poor, including Catholic priests, religious and lay workers, according to Fr. Roy Bourgeois, M.M., the priest behind the movement to close the school. Many protestors call the school a “terrorist” training camp run by the U.S. Atrocities committed by school graduates include the assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and the slaughter of 900 men, women and children in a village in El Salvador, according to SOA Watch, the organization Fr. Roy started to protest the school. The school’s graduates include Efrain Rios Montt, former dictator of Guatemala, Manuel Noriega, former dictator of Panama, and Roberto D’Aubuisson, a notorious death squad leader in El Salvador. The school has admitted in the past to using manuals that include techniques for torture.
(right) Br. Corey Brost CSV, Doug Hudson and John Eustice, gather with young adults at the demonstration. The group includes Peter Sommers, a teacher at St. Viator High School and young adults who graduated from Viatorian high schools.
For more than 10 years, protestors have gathered annually at the front gates of Fort Benning military base to mourn the people killed by the school’s graduates and to call for its closure. A bill pending in the U.S. House of Representatives would close the school.
May 2nd: World Day of Prayer for Vocations causes us to wonder if they possibly would make a good priest, brother, sister or deacon. To these young people, we must take the initiative and not be afraid to say to them, “I think you would make a great priest, brother, sister or deacon! Have you ever thought about it?” A personal invitation is still the most effective tool of recruiting Church vocations.
Fr. Dan Nolan, CSV Vocation Director Before Jesus started his public ministry, he went to the Jordan River and was baptized. We are all familiar with the story: John baptized Jesus and from a cloud that overshadowed the scene we heard God speak, “You are my beloved Son and in you I am pleased.”
Last and certainly not least, we must be open to the stirrings of the Holy Spirit in the lives of our young people. If a son or daughter approaches us thinking about becoming a priest, brother, sister or deacon, we need to support these young people enthusiastically as they discern what Jesus might be calling them to do or to be.
Later in Jesus’ life, again we heard God say at the Transfiguration, “This is my beloved Son” and because God was so pleased with his Son, God also said, “Listen to him!” If we really listen to Jesus in the words of scripture, we hear Jesus say to the disciples then and to the Church today: “Come … follow me.” “I will make your fishers … fishers of men and women” “Go into the world, proclaim the Gospel, baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
Viatorian Vocation Prayer
As we listen to these words of God, we realize that at Jesus’ baptism, God had a special mission for him: a mission to build the Kingdom of God on earth. As we listen to these words of Jesus, hopefully we too realize that by our baptism, we too have a mission. We are called to continue the mission of Jesus: a mission to continue to build the Kingdom of God.
Call to Service and Leadership Loving God, You speak to us and nourish us through the life of this Church community. In the name of Jesus
There are many ways each of us can respond to Jesus’ call, but it requires a choice on our part. Some of us can respond by ignoring Jesus by not listening seriously to his call.
we ask you to send your Spirit to us so that men and women among us will respond to your call of service and leadership as Viatorian priests, brothers and associates.
Some choose to follow Jesus by getting married: becoming good husbands and wives, mom and dads … building the Kingdom of God in their homes. Some choose to follow Jesus by being single people: building the Kingdom of God in their places of work and the communities they live by being people of faith, justice and charity. And, some choose to follow Jesus by becoming a priest, brother, sister or deacon: leading others to live, deepen and celebrate their faith.
May those who are opening their hearts and minds to your call be encouraged and strengthened through our enthusiasm to support them.
Sunday May 2, 2002, the Feast of the Good Shepherd, is dedicated as a worldwide day of prayer for vocations. The Holy Spirit empowers each of us to minister like the Good Shepherd and respond to the needs of our world and Church. On this day of prayer for vocations, we pray that we may be strengthened in our Christian vocation and respond generously to Jesus’ call. Let us also pray for the young people in our parishes and schools that they may be open to listening to Jesus’ words in their lives.
Tradition has it that in the third century, in what is now known as France, there lived a catechist known as Viator. Viator walked the countryside with Bishop Just, proclaiming and teaching he Gospel. Upon his death, Viator was buried in Lyons and proclaimed a saint.
We also have to do more than pray if we really desire our young people to respond to Jesus’ invitation to continue building the Kingdom of God.
Centuries later, in 1831, another French priest, Father Louis Querbes, founded a community of brothers and priests with the mission of teaching the catechism and serving the local church. He chose Viator as a model for this community of teachers and quickly began to send them around the world wherever there was a need.
Continuing to support youth ministry programs in our parishes is of paramount importance. Here we can encourage our young people to become involved in our parishes and give them meaningful ways to experience ministry. We must keep our eyes open, looking for young people in our parishes who by their talents, their abilities and their goodness
Viatorians guide college students on spiritual quest College years have a significant impact in shaping the direction of an individual’s life. Four Viatorians are at the forefront of deepening the development of spiritual values, in conjunction with furthering the intellectual growth Fr.Tom Kass, CSV of their students today. For the last 15 years, Father Tom Kass, CSV, has been a professor of Eighteenth Century English Literature at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. This Benedictine college has approximately 2000 students, largely Catholic, coming from the New England states. “I want to make it clear that Viatorians approach our teaching with a passion,” says Fr. Kass. “Whether it is music, English or physics, we want learning to become infectious so our students come to understand. We want to share that passion in the classroom and build a relationship that lasts forever. We treat each student as an individual. To make that connection every day of our lives is the quality of Viatorian educators. ” Father John Milton, CSV, has been a professor of physics at DePaul University in Chicago since 1987. Approximately 30 percent of DePaul’s student body is minority students. Still considered a commuter school, many Fr. John Milton, CSV of its students are usually the first ones in their family earning a college education. “Many students today feel set adrift,” shares Fr. Milton. “ They have a limited knowledge of their faith when they reach the university level, they are looking for tradition, a place where they can drop anchor.” Father John Palmer, CSV, is a music professor at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. (photo not available at time of publication) This small liberal arts college has approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is also multicultural. In addition to his discipline of piano and organ, Fr. Palmer teaches a core class in music appreciation, music literature and is involved with campus ministry in an ancillary way. “If a student comes to me to discuss difficulties, I am always available for him or her,” says Fr. Palmer. Fr. Greg Jones, CSV, serves as the campus minister at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus,
Oh. This urban college has a student population of about 2,500 students, with only an 400 students living on campus.
Catholic background understand, but for others it raises the questions “What is a priest? What is Catholic?”
Fr. Palmer has noticed the growing trend that students are searching for a spirituality. He attributes this to many factors with the two most prominent being September 11 and the fall of the economy. “When there is a crisis, people instinctively turn to God. A lot of young people today are looking for something else in their lives. I cover both the intellectual and spiritual wellbeing of my students. I end every class with a blessing ‘God love and bless you all.’ They know my concern for them is more than onedimensional,” he explains.
“We have a Starbucks on campus and I’ll usually walk up to someone and say ‘you would benefit from bible study or you seem to have a heart for the poor.’ Then great things begin to happen,” says an enthusiastic Fr. Jones.
“There is no question about spirituality on the campuses today,” agrees Fr. Kass. “It’s a blessing being here at St. Anselm. The generosity of this student body is amazing. The service programs they are involved with on campus include working in soup kitchens and volunteering much of their time as tutors in areas of need throughout the community. The increase of students participating in spring break alternatives has grown tremendously on this campus. Our students work in Kentucky, Central America and other regions where there are a number of opportunities to express their faith in action. ”
That’s not to say that students don’t come to Fr. Milton for counsel. Just the fact that they are studying science raises the question of how does this discipline affect one’s faith. Fr. Milton explains that the Catholic Church doesn’t take a fundamentalist view of scientific fact. In fact, the Pope wrote that evolution is in effect and we (the Church) have to deal with it. Fr. Milton has been invited to speak to religious studies groups regarding the role of science within the teachings of the Church.
In an urban and multicultural environment, Fr. Jones is committed to his ministry. Students look for more parenting as they face the issues of growing up. Father Jones becomes a friend for their spiritual journey by encouraging Fr. Greg Jones, CSV Godly behavior, loving God and serving other people. He knows “it’s a good thing.” He also tries to structure a program where there is something for everyone. Many of the students volunteer at food banks, shelters and nursing homes. Students regularly visit nursing homes to play bingo with elderly residents. Homelessness is also a big concern. Students collected all sorts of blankets so people could be warm last winter as they slept in their cars. All this service exemplifies Christ’s love. Fr. Jones also believes that campus ministry has to be inviting. As each school year begins, he spends about 15 hours a day, seven days a week interacting with students. He wears the Roman collar so everyone knows there is always a priest on campus available for them. Those with a
As a physics professor, Fr. Milton doesn’t believe that he brings his faith to students directly in the classroom situation. He does see a trend on campus of students seeking spirituality, but even more so with the faculty and administration who search for the answer to the question “What does it mean to be a Catholic University today?”
Music opens open an avenue for those seeking spirituality especially in Fr. Palmer’s class. He says that if something comes up in lecture hall regarding the private interpretation of the music that gives support to the spiritual ramifications of a composer’s life, Fr. Palmer discusses that composer’s life and his strong relationship with God. Father Palmer also tries to show the students what music says in relationship with God and others through interpretation and lecture material. His class discusses the philosophical and the theological interpretations of the great composers. “ I don’t hesitate and make any apologies for the presence of God in our lives; there is no compromise. We live in a secular society, but students are searching for deeper impressions on their lives,” he says. For example, when they study the medieval period he introduces his students to Gregorian chant. “The impact of this music on the class is phenomenal,” exclaims Fr. Palmer. “In Gregorian chant there is solace, a deeply beautiful sound of prayer. And of course young people follow this.” As a Viatorian, Fr. Milton believes that he extends compassion to his students and they look to him for human understanding. “They view me as a concerned professor. When they continued on page 8
And they grew in age and grace and wisdom Viatorians celebrate milestones of fifty, sixty and seventy years for six community members. We see a history of the many works of the Clerics of St. Viator in the United States when we look at the histories of this year’s six jubilarians. Celebrating seventy years of religious life, Joseph Tremonti, CSV has recently achieved senior status in our Province: eldest in age and longest as a Viatorian. Most of his years as teacher Fr. Joseph Tremonti CSV were spent as professor of education at such places as St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, University of Dallas in Texas and Loyola University, New Orleans. After university life, he spent many years helping the disabled. He is a man of many talents. Not everyone knows that he is an Ethical Hypnotist. Fr. Tremonti’s life has been and is full of activity. He now resides at St. Patrick Church in Kankakee. He is generous with his time, and he offers Masses at many of the parishes in the Joliet Diocese. The mileage recorded on the dashboard of his car is not a low number. On June 3rd Francis White, CSV will celebrate the 60th anniversary of his ordination. The list of his assignments over the years is long. For two of those years he worked at St. Joseph School for the Fr. Francis White CSV Deaf in New York. Before his parish ministry in Nevada, he was a high school principal and teacher in Springfield and Peoria, Ill. As a very young Viatorian he traveled to Kyoto, Japan as one of the founders of our high school in that city. He served as principal of the school and superior of the house in Japan. He lives in Las Vegas where he has a telephone book full of friends. If you try to call him it is likely that you will hear the busy signal. For many years he has served the people at St. Viator Parish and Guardian Angel Cathedral in Las Vegas. His laughter is his signature.
For most of his years as a Viatorian priest, Kenneth Morris, CSV has been in service to the Community. Fifty years ago next July 4th, Fr. Morris was ordained in Rome where he had been Fr. Kenneth Morris, CSV studying. Sacred Scripture was his concentration. When he returned to the United States, he taught at our seminaries in Evanston and Washington, D.C. He served as Novice Master, Provincial, and returned to Rome to serve as Vicar General of our congregation. Parishioners at St. Viator Church in Chicago and St. Thomas More Church in Henderson, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas, continue to show their appreciation of his time with them. Fr. Morris recently moved to the Viatorian residence on Belden Avenue in Chicago. He now helps with the liturgies for the Cenacle Sisters, and keeps up his skill as a master of Italian cuisine.
In his early years as a Viatorian, Philip Kendall, CSV earned his masters degree in physics and taught high school physics. In 1963 the community superiors asked him to do a shift from Fr. Philip Kendall, CSV science to Canon Law, and so with his usual good spirit, he enrolled at Catholic University in Washington, DC where he earned his degree in Canon Law. He taught Canon Law at the Viatorian Seminary. On September 8th, Fr. Kendall will celebrate his 50th anniversary of religious life. For 32 of his 42 years as a priest, Fr. Kendall has served as a Judical Vicar for the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. In addition to his duties at the Archdiocesan Chancery office, he is chaplain for the Sister Servants of Mary. As a Canon Lawyer he ministers to those seeking annulment of marriages, and has never lost interest or enthusiasm for his work.
Thomas McMahon, CSV was ordained in Rome on September 18, 1954. The celebration of his 50th anniversary will be the time for him to recall his many years as seminary and university professor. Fr.Thomas McMahon, CSV When he returned to the States, he taught moral theology at Viatorian seminaries in Evanston and Washington, DC. His expertise in moral theology logically led him to concentrate on business ethics. After seminary teaching he moved to Loyola University in Chicago where he spent nearly 25 years teaching in the Department of Business Administration. His many published articles and activities attest to his success as Viatorian teacher. Poor health forced him to retire from university teaching, but not from his life-long professional work. His book, Ethical Leadership Through Transforming Justice, was just published. The final work was done from his bed at Ballard Parc Healthcare Residence in Des Plaines, Ill..
September 8, 2004 also marks the 50th anniversary of his first vows as a Viatorian religious for Wayne Dupuis, CSV. Like his classmate, Fr. Kendall, Fr. Dupuis experienced a change in his work. He has Fr. Wayne Dupuis, CSV the Viatorian characteristic of flexibility while being a teacher of the faith and minister to the People of God. For seven years he taught at Cathedral Boys High School in Springfield, and then he went to the seminary in Washington, D.C. In 1973 he returned to Springfield as principal of Griffin High School. His last high school assignment was at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights where he worked as a counselor. In 1992 he was assigned to be associate pastor at St. Viator Church in Las Vegas where he serves today. Always known for his good humor and talent as a homilist, Fr. Dupuis’ former students remember him with gratitude and smiles.
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EDUCATORS OF FAITH
The Clerics of St. Viator are religious priests and brothers sent by the Catholic Church to teach the faith and proclaim Jesus Christ as Gospel. In parishes, schools and a variety of ministries, Viatorians work with Christian communities to live, deepen and celebrate their faith.
Fr. Dan Nolan, CSV, Vocation Director 1212 E. Euclid Avenue, Arlington Hts., IL 60004 • 847-398-0685 DanNolan@viatorians.com Viatorians guide students...continued from page 6 come to me for help I then reach out to them on an individual level,” he adds. At DePaul, many hold down jobs in addition to being full-time students. They are looking for something firm and this is what Fr. Milton, along with other faculty and the administration, try to give students. “ I define spirituality in broader terms than religion,” explains Fr. Milton. “ It’s how you organize your life, what your goals are and your value system. Religion is the vehicle that supports that direction.” As for being a Viatorian, Fr. Milton confirms that this religious community is definitely people centered. He remembers one of his professors in the seminary becoming very excited and lecturing to his class that “the sacraments are for people.” Viatorians are there for people… for their students.
Easter Prayer Father, All powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord. We praise you with greater joy than ever in this Easter Season, when Christ became our paschal sacrifice. He is the true Lamb who took away the sins of the world. By dying he destroyed our death; by rising he restored our life. And so, with all the choirs of angels in heaven, we proclaim your glory forever.