Quarterly Newsletter of the Clerics of St. Viator â€˘ Volume 9, Number 2
Our Mission... Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. n 1838, Fr. Louis Querbes received Papal approval for the establishment of a community devoted to the proclamation of the Gospel as Catechists or educators of faith. Fr. Querbes lived in southwestern France, near the city of Lyons during the most difficult years following the French Revolution when the Catholic Church was persecuted by the French Government who to a great degree, successfully created a secular society. Fr. Querbes therefore worked to establish a religious community, under the patronage of St. Viator, a catechist of the 4th Century who lived and worked in that same area of France. As this new community began to grow and flourish, he sent Viatorians out to the French speaking Provinces of Canada and India and from there to North, Central, and South America, Japan, Taiwan, and Africa, hoping to establish strong foundations, as priests and brothers, in mission as educators of faith.
Throughout the years since, the Viatorians have traveled to every continent, establishing strong educational foundations in order to enable the poor and marginalized to become aware of their God-given dignity and in turn call them to the service of others. It has never been seen as enough to simply meet the needs of the poor, but to enable others to understand that all of humanity is connected, and that we are therefore called to consciously participate in Godâ€™s ongoing creation. Today, we encounter new challenges and opportunities. The needs of the marginalized and poor continue to grow, but religious communities, including the Viatorians, are experiencing fewer numbers of men choosing this way of life. It would be easy to become morbid and choose to die a slow death. But that is not our choice. We are getting grayer and fewer in number, but at the same time, are extending our reach throughout the world! Since our beginning, we have chosen to walk and work with outstanding lay men and women who have joined us in our vision. In more recent years, we have been able to formalize this relationship with many who have chosen to participate as Associate Viatorians. Together we are struggling to understand and further develop this evolving relationship. We are grappling with the question of re-defining ourselves as Viatorians, professed religious and laity alike, in a changing world. While our congregational financial situation is stable and our needs are few, we are faced with the requirements of providing for ongoing education and leadership training for those that we work with in our parishes and schools
in the United States as well as throughout the world. The majority of our parishes and schools cannot afford the burden of hiring Fr. Charles G. Bolser, well trained professional catechists, youth CSV, Provincial ministers, and other individuals required to meet the pastoral needs of our communities. Our changing role is a movement from providing direct education to the young as we have traditionally done, to providing proper leadership formation and education within our local communities of faith. In addition, we are convinced that we are required to provide ongoing scholarship assistance to the young, inviting them also to respond to the call of the Gospel. Education is seen as a key that enables each person to become aware of their own God given talents. Education does not exist for itself as a goal, but rather as a tool that enables each individual to nurture their compassion and commitment to activate their faith. This is the mission of the Viatorians throughout the world today in collaboration with the whole church. To achieve our mission, it is therefore important that I ask you to consider supporting us in our mission through your prayers and your financial assistance. We are continuing to accept the challenge of establishing new foundations. We have accepted responsibility in the District of Corozal in Belize for providing leadership at St. Francis Xavier Parish, which includes 24 outlying villages and 5,000 students. At the present time, they are in working with the government to establish St. Viator Vocational High School to meet the unmet educational needs of the very poor. (see page 6) We are collaborating with a parish and three other religious communities in the establishment of St. Martin de Porres High School in Waukegan, Illinois, to serve low-income and minority students. We have accepted new pastoral responsibilities in Colombia, working with the very poor and disenfranchised who have been displaced by the violence of a long-term civil war. Additionally we are asked to assist in the ongoing formation and education of those working in the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso of Africa. While we have accepted these responsibilities with faith and compassion, we continue to provide assistance to those within our traditional parishes and schools within the United States. The requirements to provide ongoing 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
Viatorians participate in opening of St. Martin de Porres High School. Opening Fall of 2004 St. Martin de Porres High School, a Catholic, co-educational college preparatory school located in Waukegan, Illinois, is committed to academic excellence made affordable through each student's participation in the Corporate Internship Program. The school strives to develop the full potential of each student in an atmosphere of mutual respect for the religious and cultural heritage of every individual. For more information, please visit: www.smdpwaukegan.org
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leadership training in areas as diverse as Chicago, Bourbonnais and Las Vegas, in addition to many others are critical and demand our support. To meet the diverse needs of our Viatorian communities we are presently in the process of establishing an Annual Giving program, asking those whom we have educated and served to make a pledge, paid annually, semi-annually, or monthly. We are asking that you would participate according to your ability to enable the Viatorians to continue to make a significant difference in people’s lives. We are asking you, our friends and supporters, to remember us in your estate planning, and we are requesting that you would consider a making a major capital gift
Building the City of God on the Foundation of the Gospel that would enable us to create a permanent endowment, the interest of which would provide needed funds well into the future. What we have done in the past cannot continue without your assistance. Working with the Comprehensive Development Council, we are presently engaged in the process of preparing this campaign by which we will be inviting all of our friends to support us in our efforts to proclaim the abiding presence of a loving God experienced in human flesh and blood.
In the Footsteps of Our Founder The first of September of each year, Viatorians worldwide honor the memory of our founder, Fr. Louis Querbes (pronounced “Curbs”). Viatorians and Associates in each Province — Canada, Chile, France, Spain and the United States — and in the Viatorian Missions — Belize, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Columbia, Haiti, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Japan, Peru and Taiwan — pause to remember him and to celebrate his life and legacy. As our extended family, we invite you to join us at Eucharist and in your prayers as we celebrate this year the 145th anniversary of the death of Fr. Querbes on September 1, 1859. Who was Louis Querbes? This introductory article will examine his early years. In future articles we will walk in the footsteps of Fr. Querbes as Parochial Vicar, St. Nizier, Lyons, (1817-1822), as Pastor of Vourles, (1822-1859), and follow him as he establishes an association “for the teaching of Christian doctrine and the service of the Holy Altar” known then as Catechists of St. Viator (1831). Later that association became the Clerics of St. Viator.
Louis and his sister, Josephine-Marie, were blessed with loving, caring, and religious parents. Louis was a precocious child. What then were his parents to do about his education since they were both illiterate and church schools had been destroyed in the Revolution? His parents went to the priests at St. Nizier for advice. The July 1801 Concordat permitted the Church to function again. A “Choir School” or “Clerical School” had just opened at St. Nizier. Louis was enrolled. His formal schooling began at St. Nizier, a parish that would later play a major role in his life.
Our founder was born in Lyons, France on August 21, 1793 during the fury of the 1789 French Civil War and the devastating bombardment of Lyons. He was baptized the same day John Louis Joseph Marie Querbes. He was called Louis Marie.
Louis was recognized as devout and intellectually gifted. After “Clerical School” he was entrusted to a renowned professor, Guy-Marie Deplace, to study grammar, rhetoric, literature and philosophy. Deplace became his teacher, mentor, and lifelong friend. On July 24, 1812, Louis Marie Querbes received an A. B. degree in Literature, a rare degree at that time. Then, at age 19, he entered St. Irenèe Seminary, Oct. 31, 1812.
Only days after his baptism, a bomb destroyed his family home. His mother, Jeanne, a seamstress, escaped with Louis wrapped in her apron. His father, Joseph, a tailor, was with the Royalist troops defending Lyons. He was captured and sentenced to death, but escaped and went into hiding. Later he was united to his wife and infant son.
His talents were recognized throughout his seminary years. One Viatorian biographer, Lèo Bonneville, wrote: “Both professors and students are amazed at how one so young could have acquired such broad culture. His answers were always given with assurance, ease and precision”. In the seminary, he was both Master of Conferences and Librarian. continued on page 8
Superior General Fr. Mark Francis, CSV addresses this year’s Viatorian Assembly or the largest annual community gathering of the year, Viatorians met at the Harrison Conference Center in Lake Bluff, Ill. from July 5th to 8th. It was as always, a reunion, a celebration, a time for prayer, and a time for meeting. The theme of this year’s assembly was Association. Members of the Commission on Association, Fr. Tom Langenfeld, Tim and Donna Schwarz, John Ohlendorf, Fr. Bill Carpenter, and Chairperson, Marilyn Mulcahy planned the activities around these points: Association — what is it? What is our experience of it? What questions do we need to Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, gives the answer? and Looking to the Future: Conclusions keynote address to assembly. & Recommendations. There was ample time for good exchanges in small group and large group sessions.
Fr. Mark Francis, CSV leads assembly in prayer
Our Superior General, Fr. Mark Francis, CSV traveled from Rome to be our keynote speaker. Fr. Francis gave the group an international perspective of the experiences of Viatorian Association. He spoke of our witnessing the refounding of the community in light of Father Querbes’ original inspiration that the Clerics of St. Viator would include both vowed and lay religious. The concept, which was rejected in 1830 when Father Querbes’ sought approval of his new community, is now commonplace in religious congregations throughout the world. When the Constitutions of the Clerics of St. Viator were revised in 1978 they contained the affirmation of Associates: “Our congregation accepts as associates those who share in our mission, our spiritual life, and our community life.” (Constitutions 5) Now nearly 30 years later we are past the idea of Association being a “program,” to a new way of being Viatorian.
Celebrating Jubilee Liturgy
Fr. Francis noted, “We have gone beyond inviting lay men and women to collaborate with us in ministry and shared prayer. We are establishing a real dialogue with lay people who are not just collaborators but who are now an intrinsic part of Viatorian life.” At the conclusion of the Assembly, Marilyn Mulcahy said, “I am so inspired by the growth I have seen in my years as an associate. It is exciting to be involved in creating a new Viatorian Community. The title of the pamphlet by Viatorian, José Maria Arñiz, ‘LIVING A DYNAMIC COMMUNION The Same Charisma and Two Vocations — Religious and Associates,’ gives words to a new Viatorian reality,” she said.
New Novices Brothers John Eustice (left) and Moises Mesh attend the assembly
Six Viatorian Associates, Tim and Donna Schwarz, Linda Connor, Kathy Abrahamian, Henrietta Chamness, and Patty Wischnowski formally pronounced their recommitment as part of Morning Prayer on Monday, July 6. Associate commitments are for three years.
The Jubilee Celebration Liturgy, which is a part of the annual assembly, was held on Wednesday afternoon. The Community gathered to congratulate Fr. Joseph Tremonti for 70 years as a Viatorian, Fr. Francis White for 60 years of priesthood, Frs. Kenneth Morris and Thomas McMahon for 50 years of priesthood, and Frs. Philip Kendal and Wayne Dupuis for 50 years as Viatorians.
Today there are 195 Viatorian Associates: Canada 89 Chicago 19 Chile 3 France 47 Spain 37 There are 14 candidates in Las Vegas.
Viatorians provide grant money to those in need “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Matt. 6:21 t the beginning of each calendar year, members of the Viatorian community are invited to request funding from our congregation’s Social Justice Fund and Institutional Fund. Grants provided by the Viatorians of Chicago Province are also available from the Financial Emergency Fund.
Grants from the Social Justice Fund meet the following criteria. The money received from the fund must be used for projects where Viatorians are directly or indirectly involved, serves the needs of the poor and marginal, and for which other funds are not readily available. It is hoped that these projects which receive the grants help enable the poor to help themselves.
In May of this year, the Provincial Council awarded $47, 525 from the Social Justice Fund to support over 20 projects. The money is being used to promote justice for the unborn, to organize affordable housing, food, medical and health care for the poor, youth leadership training, child care subsidy and tuition assistance both here in the United States and in our missionary foundations in Belize and Colombia. With grants from the Institution Fund, the Chicago Province is also able to support various activities of our parishes and schools that are not ordinarily covered by the operating budgets of these institutions. Grants are available each year in sums of $1,500, $1,000 and $500 depending on the size of the institution. The criteria for receiving these institutional grants include the following: the money received will assist or enhance projects consistent with the mission of the Viatorians, provide scholarships and tuition
assistance to students of needy families in the schools run by our congregation, and support professional development and ministerial training for the laity. Also in May of this year, the Provincial Council awarded $11,000 from the Institutional Fund to support nine Viatorian ministry sites. This money is being used for tuition assistance for needy families, a capital building fund for a parish hall, transportation and food for needy school children, the purchase of religion textbooks and sports equipment for our mission schools, and liturgical leadership and youth ministry training in one of our mission parishes. The Financial Emergency Assistance Fund is another financial resource available to Viatorians to assist a person or family with basic life needs such as housing, food, education, heath care and job preparation. This fund is used when adequate funding is not available from other sources, i.e., charitable organizations, public aid, etc. The amount of money given to a person or family is usually between $300 and $1,000. The Provincial Council has also awarded grants totaling $3,000 from the Financial Emergency Assistance Fund. A donation was made to a widowed mother and her four children in Libano, Colombia. Her husband and two sons were murdered by the para-militaries last January. The money will be used to purchase food, clothing and medicine so the mother can stay home and care for her little children. Another donation was sent to a family in Belize who has a daughter who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. Because treatment is not available in their area, this donation will allow the child to travel to Guatemala for medical care. Another gift was given to a single mother and her child who has a rare incurable disease called Type I Juvenile Diabetes. The money for these funds comes from the financial portfolios of the Chicago Province, accrued interest, and contributions remitted to the Province made by individual Viatorians.
Last March, the Provincial Council approved a request for $20,000 for a new high school in one of the poorest areas in the Corozal District of Belize. The school has been named the Chunox St. Viator Vocational High School and is sponsored by the Viatorian foundation in Belize. Along with a core curriculum of English, Math, Religion, Science, and Social Studies, an Agricultural curriculum will be included. This gift will be used to make the farm attached to the school operational by purchasing some initial livestock, seed, and farm equipment.
Chunox St. Viator Vocational High School These financial grants are another way Viatorians live up to their Mission … working with Christian communities to live, deepen and celebrate their faith.
Wanting To Do More … for God and Others their studies, candidates for ordination to the priesthood receive the minor order of Lector, which formally bestows the ministry of reading the Sacred Scriptures at liturgy.
This summer many good things are happening among the Viatorians: two men are entering the pre-novice program, two men began the novitiate, three of our seminarians received the ministry of Lector and one priest was ordained. Entering the pre-novitiate August 1st will be Eric Derr and Chris Bankie. During this Fr. Dan Nolan, CSV phase of Viatorian formation, the candidate Vocation Director lives in one of our Viatorian houses and works with our priests and brothers in a ministry sponsored by our congregation usually for one year. Eric Derr, originally from Burlington, Iowa and born on September 26, 1981, graduated last spring with honors from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa with B.A. in Theology, History and Philosophy. He will be assigned to Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais, Ill. where he will be involved in parish ministries, teaching part time in the parish school and working in the youth ministry program.
Brother Dan Belanger, who professed first vows as a Viatorian Brother Fredy Santos in August 1996, has served for several years as a youth minister at St. Viator Parish in Chicago and Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais, Ill. before beginning studies for the priesthood at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago (CTU). Brother Corey Brost, who professed first vows as a Viatorian in August 1989, has ministered in youth ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Springfield, Ill., campus ministry at Gorman High School in Las Vegas and St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, and has also served as vocation director for the congregation. Corey is also studying for the priesthood at CTU.
Chris Bankie, originally from Peoria, Ill. and born on August 18, 1967, also graduated with honors from St. Ambrose University. Since graduating from college, Chris has either taught Theology or has worked in campus ministry for many years in several Catholic high schools. He has also been involved in coaching. Chris will be assigned to St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights where he will be teaching Theology, working in the Scanlon Center and coaching soccer.
Brother Dan Belanger
Brother Fredy Santos, CSV a native vocation from our foundation in Colombia, professed first vows in December 1991. He has been Brother Corey Brost involved as a catechist for many years at our school, Colegio San Viator, in Bogotá, Colombia. Fredy studied Theology at the Universidad San Buenaventura in Bogotá. He received the ministry of Lector at St. Colegio San Viator in Bogota on June 25th. Provincial, Father Charles Bolser, CSV presided at this liturgy. On June 26th, Viatorian Father Edgar Suarez, CSV was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Bishop Hector Guitierrez Pabon, at our parish in Bogotá, San Basilio Magno. Provincial Father Charles Bolser, CSV concelebrated along with many of the Viatorians presently serving in Colombia. Edgar, also a native vocation from Colombia, professed first vows in December 1998 and taught for several CSV Ordination years at Colegio San Viator. He Ceremony for completed his theological studies for Fr. Edgar Suarez the priesthood at Pontifical Javeriana University. After being ordained a transitional deacon, Edgar served at San Basilio Magno parish before being ordained a priest.
Beginning the one novitiate program on July 1st are Brothers John Eustice and Moises Mesh (see picture on page 3). The novitiate is the most important period of Viatorian formation. It introduces the novice to a deeper experience of prayer and community living along with some apostolic experience and theological studies preparing one for the vowed life as a Viatorian. The novitiate this year is at St. Patrick Church in Kankakee, Ill. John Eustice comes from Viatorian parish, St. Thomas More, in Henderson, Nev. where he was very active in youth ministry and scouting. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, John ministered as a pre-novice at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights in the campus ministry program for one year and later as a youth minister in our foundation in Belize, Central America for another year. Moises Mesh is our first native vocation from our foundation in Belize. He has an impressive background as an educator. For two years he has lived with the Viatorians as a pre-novice, and he has served as a teacher at St. Francis Xavier Parish School in Corozal Town.
We extend congratulations to our Viatorian brothers and wish them Fr. Edgar Suarez, CSV well in their new ministry experiences.
The three seminarians receiving the ministry of Lector are Viatorian Brothers Dan Belanger, Corey Brost and Fredy Santos. During
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Chunox St. Viator Vocational High School Corozal District, Belize, Central America: Chunox Village, located 26 miles from Corozal, is the third largest village in the Corozal district. The villages that surround Chunox are Sarteneja; (the farthest village from town), Progresso, Fireburn and Copper Bank. Chunox Village has a population of 1800, Sarteneja 2,400, Progresso 1500, and Copper Bank 400.
and marketing techniques which will allow them to be successful in developing their own family farms and businesses. Some of our graduates will be able to branch off to continue general studies in junior college or to continue studying agriculture at a higher level at the University of Belize, Central Farm.
The intention of opening a vocational high school in Chunox is to make education accessible to poor families, so that in the future they can alleviate poverty and improve living conditions. A vocational high school with emphasis in agriculture is best for that region because it will provide knowledge and skills in agriculture, an area where most of the people earn their living. Parents from Sarteneja have asked that we include classes in tourism and agriculture as well. These are two areas with potential for economic development in the region. With better agricultural practices in Plant, Soil, and Animal Sciences, students will be able to yield higher production with reduced costs, translating to higher profits and improved living standards.
Our vocational high school will help address a serious problem that the northern region of Belize faces, crop diversification. It is imperative that both Corozal and Orange Walk districts begin to grow other crops that will generate an adequate income to replace the sugar cane income which is falling and has been predicted to fall even more. For years, these two northern districts have depended solely on the sugar industry, which is now affecting the regional economy. With 35 acres of land, our students will receive a sound education with an emphasis in agriculture from well trained personnel. We designed the curriculum to serve the needs of the region. With quality and affordable education, students of poor families will be able to attend our high school.
Presently, the high schools in the Corozal district and most of Belize offer academic studies. These studies prepare most of the students for office work. After graduating from high school or even from junior college, most of these students remain jobless because businesses and offices in Belize cannot afford to employ them. With our vocational high school, students will graduate with knowledge, skills, experiences
The high school will offer the four core subjects: Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. On the vocational section, emphasis will be given to Tourism and Agriculture. Students will learn both theoretical and practical approaches in agricultural subjects. In the practical section, students will be expected to work the soil, to plant and also to work with livestock. Students will use this knowledge and these skills
Chunox, the poorest village in the district, is the only community that does not depend on the sugar cane industry or marine products as do the other villages in the district. They make their living by planting other crops and cultivating their land. The villagers need to bring their products to markets in Corozal, Orange Walk Town, and Belize City.
success of the new high
school will depend on good planning,
dedication, a well-designed and relevant curriculum, the selection of a competent principal and staff, proper facilities, equipment and support from the
to increase production at a lower cost to become profitable. Since a vocational high school costs far more to run than just an academic one, the intention of the high school’s practical aspect is to generate income from the crops grown in school to offset student tuition, as well as assist the institution. This school will also serve as a research center for the teachers, students and the agriculture department of Corozal to keep experimenting on how to introduce new crops and how to make crops yield high production for higher profits. A survey showed that there is a need for a vocational high school. Parents from Sarteneja, Copper Bank, Progresso and Chunox showed interest in the new high school. Over 75 students showed interest in attending the high school, if it opens in September 2004 and over 60 want to attend
in September 2005. With quality and affordable education being offered at this high school, we strongly believe that in the near future students from other rural areas from Corozal and Orange Walk Town will want to attend. The success of the new high school will depend on good planning, dedication, a well-designed and relevant curriculum, the selection of a competent principal and staff, proper facilities, equipment and support from the communities, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, donors from the business community and from St. Francis Xavier Parish. Education can alleviate poverty when it provides students with the means to better support themselves and their overall conditions. This school would also begin to answer those serious needs of crop and livestock diversification, which are essential in the country’s development. The school will change the lives of many people.
Message from Fr. Brian Cooper, CSV in Colombia
Many thanks for all that you are doing for the community and for Colombia. We have increased our lunch program to 80 children due to the donations that we have received. We continue with the 100 cans of powdered milk and 110 food packages every month. And of course we are helping many families with emergency food. The bakery cranks out the bread and we have a steady stream of elderly that come by for a free packet of bread. I am still waiting for the bulldozers from the town [to start construction on the new housing project] (they are broken down) so my hair continues to grow [due to my promise of going without a shave until our dream becomes a reality].
CSV’s inaugurate Comprehensive Development Council n May 17, 2004, Father Charles Bolser, CSV, provincial, welcomed nine new members as he convened the first meeting of Comprehensive Development Council at the Province Center in Arlington Heights, Ill.
This council, whose members are appointed by the provincial, has been established to assist, support and advise in the formation of policies, procedures, programs and activities related to the Comprehensive Development Program for the Chicago (U.S.) Province. This council includes a balance of Viatorian religious, Associates, and lay men and women who offer a wide range of expertise in fields related to development. Development plans for the Province of Chicago began in 1995 when Michael Gion, a consultant, prepared an audit. In May 2000, Leo Latz of Latzbruni Partners, LLC, completed a development assessment. The next step was a Focus Group Report completed in March 2001 after interviewing Viatorian religious and laity in four different geographic locations. The purpose of this report was to identify elements of a “vision” for the congregation. From this report, a rough draft of a “vision statement” was completed in April 2001.
The Provincial Chapter then asked Fr. Jim Michaletz, CSV to chair a commission to define a Comprehensive Development Policy. This commission developed the Vision, Expressions of the Vision and Implementations of the Vision, which the Provincial Council approved in January 2003. For more information visit www.viatorians.com “Who We Are…” From all this, the Comprehensive Development Program is in the process of being defined, planned and implemented. This program includes a clear vision of Viatorian identity, marketing, communications and public relations. Other important elements will include a strong vocation program inviting others to join the Viatorians as religious, associates and lay volunteers, well-developed fundraising programs, and concrete and varied ways for people to partner with Viatorians and support our ministries. The Comprehensive Development Council will play an important role in defining and planning the program. Along with promoting the Mission and Vision of the Viatorians, the Council will also assist in formulating both short and long term plans, evaluate progress, and identify and assist contacting prospects who could support Viatorian activities and projects.
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On June 23, 1815, Louis was ordained sub-deacon. On July 21, 1816, he was ordained deacon. Bishop Louis Dubourg, newly consecrated Bishop of Louisiana, ordained him to the priesthood December 17, 1816. Fr. Querbes was animated by a lively faith, pastoral outlook and an abiding concern for the education of youth. In post-revolutionary France, he saw the great need for catechesis and promoted devotions, liturgy and music to nurture and deepen the faith. This charisma of Fr. Querbes still animates our Viatorian Ministry. Our September 1st commemoration invites us to know him better and to make him better known. Thank you for walking with us as we together come to know him better by following his life’s journey.
— Brother Leo V. Ryan, CSV
I Want to be More. I Want to
More. Each of us is called to respond to God in some special way. What is God asking of you? • Are you active and a fully initiated member of the Roman Catholic Church? • Do you exhibit enthusiasm, a sense of purpose and a positive life direction? • Are you a person of integrity that has an awareness of God in your life?
We are looking for men who are college educated, normally between the ages of 20 and 40. If you have leadership abilities– can invite and enable others to use their gifts, and can be collaborative with women and men of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, we invite you to contact our Vocation Ministry Program. Vocation Ministry 1212 East Euclid Street Arlington Heights, IL 60004 847.398.0685 www.viatorians.com
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