Volume 19, No. 1
Viatorians Celebrate 60 Years in Las Vegas What do the Viatorian Community in Las Vegas and the University of Notre Dame share in common? A generous benefactor, named Romy Hammes, that’s what.
Bishop Gorman High School — the first and still the only Catholic high school in southern Nevada — and open a parish, St. Viator Parish.
Some 60 years later, Viatorians are still in Las The Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore is one of Vegas and arguably have been the largest congregathe most popular spots on the university campus, tion of men over the years to minister in the state. for students and visitors alike, and it resulted from “The Viatorians have a deep commitment to a donation from Hammes in 1955. Nevada,” says Fr. Thomas Long, CSV, who “Romy and Dorothy Hammes,” their son, Jerry, spent nine years in Las Vegas where he started said in a 2006 interview in the South Bend Tribune, the Viatorians’ second parish, St. Thomas More Catholic Community in suburban Henderson. “It’s “wanted to give a gift that kept on giving.” It turns out, Hammes played just as significant a been a long and multi-faceted history.” role with the Viatorians. His legacy lives on in Las Vegas, where, back in 1953, Hammes both met with Bishop Thomas Gorman and later donated land for a Catholic high school.
It started humbly, when Fr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, CSV arrived in 1954 to become the founding pastor of St. Viator Parish. With no church, he said Mass in people’s homes before moving to a local bank.
He suggested the religious community that had St. Viator Parish now is one of the oldest in the educated his children in Kankakee — the Viatorians. region, serving more than 2,500 families and more than 670 children in its school. Their meeting resulted in Viatorian priests and brothers heading west in 1954 to staff the new Continued on page 5
Viatorian Associate: To Be or Not to Be? with vowed religious — where they minister, pray, learn and socialize together as one,” says Fr. Larry Lentz, CSV, assistant provincial and coordinator of association for the Province of Chicago. “The Viatorian Community is composed of both lay and religious,” Fr. Lentz adds, “and together they are responsible for making the Viatorian mission — as envisioned by our founder, Fr. Louis Querbes — real in the world today.”
Viatorian Associates Ken and Michelle Barrie work with teens at St. Patrick Parish in Kankakee
A nurse from Bourbonnais, a school counselor at Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights and a deputy city marshal in Las Vegas.
Candidates are invited by members of the Viatorian Community to begin the application process. If accepted, there is a two-year period of preparation, called pre-association, before the candidate makes a first commitment of two years. This commitment is renewable, and after 10 years, an associate may choose to make a definitive or lifelong commitment as a member of the Viatorian Community. Joe Majkowski, the former longtime varsity basketball coach at Saint Viator High School, who heads up its counseling department, was among six associates to make definitive commitments last summer.
What do they share in common? These are just a few of the more than 100 adults, from all walks of life, who have committed to becoming Viatorian associates.
For Majkowski, who has worked alongside of Viatorians for more than 30 years at the high school, he said the decision was simple.
“This is an opportunity for lay men and women to experience the support and challenge of belonging to a faith community —along
Viatorians Work and Pray for Immigration Reform Viatorians around the world pray daily for immigration reform and work in a variety of ways to make it a reality, including through prayer, study and action. Locally, one of those actions is to reach out to recently released immigrants. Following the Gospel mandate, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, you have done to me,” several Viatorians work with the Post Detention Accompaniment Network (PDAN). This network has extended assistance to more than 125 recently released detainees and is presently providing long-term housing and case management services for 15 women and men who are in the process of regularizing their legal status.
An immigrant from east Africa speaks with Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, and Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV. Since being released, he has obtained his work permit, found work and is progressing toward independent living.
One of these is Hector, who was released recently by officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He is an indigenous man from the Guatemalan mountains, approximately 20 years old, who could neither read nor write, and spoke no English. He was picked up at the border, transferred to Chicagoand then released during this bitterly cold winter. Having no 2
“I wanted to grow in my faith,” Majkowski said, “and this gave me the structure to do that.” Associates Susan and Michael Bourgeois live on a farm in Kankakee. They also made their definitive commitments in July. “The Viatorian charism has fed me, grounded me and inspired me,” says Susan Bourgeois, who also helps with music ministry at St. George Parish in Bourbonnais. Like other associates, they gather regularly with Viatorian Community members in their respective regions for liturgies as well as for retreats and service opportunities. Similar gatherings take place in the Henderson/Las Vegas region, where there are nearly 40 associates. Candidates must meet certain criteria to be considered:
Fr. Thomas von Behren accepts the commitments of Viatorian associates during a Mass last summer.
• Be an active, practicing Catholic in good standing with the church • Involved in a Viatorian ministry • Willing to commit time and energy to the formation process • Seeking to grow in one’s prayer and faith life • Committed to participating with others in the Viatorian Community • Realistic about personal strengths and limitations
Most often, pre-associate candidates are invited by members of the Viatorian Community, but a person wishing to become an associate may contact a Viatorian directly and ask for information to begin the application process. For more information, contact Fr. Lentz, at: LLentz@viatorians.com. Fr. Lawrence Lentz, CSV
family or friends in the area, he faced the possibility of just wandering the streets. Hector’s deportation officer contacted PDAN volunteers who met him at ICE headquarters and accompanied him to the PDAN office. There, they provided him with food, clothing, toiletries and a place to sleep for the night. The next morning, a Viatorian and a PDAN volunteer drove him to the bus station and stayed with him until he boarded the bus to New Orleans where a brother was waiting for him. Sadly, some immigrants that ICE releases have no family waiting for them in the U.S. and their only option is a large shelter several miles away from the ICE detention center. One tragic consequence was a woman who was found dead in an abandoned apartment three days after her release. Determined that this would never happen again, Viatorians are collaborating with the Interfaith Committee for Detained 3
Immigrants, a faith-based nonprofit organization, to establish two houses of hospitality, one for women and the other for men. Housing and case management services will be offered as residents work on regularizing their status, gaining employment, and transitioning to independent living. The immediate challenge to opening these houses is startup costs. Thus, we are turning to our friends to request, first and foremost, your prayers. Secondly, we are asking for your partnership through financial assistance for this endeavor. Please prayerfully consider a gift. The enclosed envelope is provided for your convenience. Checks should be made out to Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants. If you would like additional information, please contact Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, at email@example.com. Fr. Thomas Long, CSV
Jubilarians: Viatorian Priests Celebrate Anniversaries In 2014, five Viatorian priests celebrate significant anniversaries as they live out their commitment to fulfill the goals set by our founder, Fr. Louis Querbes, more than 180 years ago. Fr. Francis White, CSV, the senior member of the Province of Chicago, was ordained 70 years ago on June 3, 1944. He has served the people of God from New York to Las Vegas to Japan. His resume reads as that of most Viatorians: he has been a teacher, a principal, a chaplain and a pastor. At 96, he keeps his great sense of humor. He is attentive to the news of the day. He is the recipient of many greetings and gifts from his multitude of friends who are remembered in his daily prayers. Fr. Robert Bolser, CSV, pronounced his first vows in September, 1964. He is a native of Urbana, IL, and the brother of Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV. After serving as a Viatorian brother for 27 years, he began seminary studies toward ordination to the priesthood in 1991. Fr. Bolser is proficient in Spanish and has used that talent while teaching elementary classes in Buga, Colombia, and high school classes at the Colegio San Viator in Bogotá, and at Alleman High School in Rock Island. As associate pastor at both St. Viator Parish in Chicago and at St. Thomas More Catholic Community in Las Vegas, he has been able to use his experiences with the Latin culture to reach people with Hispanic backgrounds and make them feel at home. When reflecting on his life as a Viatorian, he writes: “You have dreams and visions of what you want to do, but the reality is often a lot different. My gifts, which I want to share, are an understanding of the Spanish culture and the fact that I am a good www.viatorians.com
listener. Each of my assignments in ministry has been a gift that has helped me grow in faith.” Fr. Lawrence Lentz, CSV, celebrates his 50th anniversary as a Viatorian this year. Before beginning study in preparation for ordination, he spent nine years as teacher and department chairperson at Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights. After ordination he returned to Saint Viator High School where he served as associate principal, princia and president. He then served four years as parochial vicar at St. Viator Parish in Chicago, before becoming pastor at Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais and later pastor of St. Viator Parish in Chicago from 1999 to 2001. After one year as parochial vicar at Guardian Cathedral in Las Vegas, he became its rector. At the present time, Fr. Lentz uses his leadership skills as assistant provincial with residence at the Province Center in Arlington Heights. Thinking back over his life as a Viatorian he says, “When I entered the community 50 years ago I had a picture of what my future would be. That picture has been revised many times over. Looking back there are no regrets. I have been blessed more than I deserve and I hope that along the way I have been a helpmate to those whose lives I have touched. Thank you, Jesus.” Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, after 25 years in the Viatorian Community and eight as a Viatorian priest, currently serves as president of Saint Viator High School. A graduate of Griffin High School in Springfield, he earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Illinois, ChampaignUrbana, before continuing there to earn his law 4
Viatorians Celebrate 60 Years in Las Vegas... Fr. Richard Crowley, CSV, came one year later to serve as pastor. Soon after he arrived and began plans to build a new church, he drew the interest of hotel executives who asked him to start a unique ministry: offer an early morning Sunday Mass for their employees working on the strip.
degree. In 2005, he completed his master’s degree there in divinity at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. During all of his 25 years as a Viatorian, Fr. Brost has been especially devoted to youth ministry. He served as a campus minister at St. Joseph Parish in Springfield, Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas and Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights. He also served as vocation director for the Province of Chicago. He has been recognized for creating the Children of Abraham project, a coalition of teenagers and adults from Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities who meet regularly to discuss their faith traditions. He writes: “I never could have imagined the person I have become, the relationships I have developed, the places I have visited and the wonderful ministries in which I’ve served. Thank you God, my Viatorian brothers (and now sisters) and Fr. Querbes.”
What began in a lounge in the Stardust Hotel eventually grew into the St. Viator Guardian Angel Shrine and ultimately the Guardian Angel Cathedral, which was built in 1980. Viatorians staffed the cathedral as a parish, including Fr. Larry Lentz, CSV, who was its last Viatorian pastor in 2011. Back in 1954, when Fr. Fitzpatrick led the first Viatorian contingent west, Fr. Francis E. Williams, CSV, guided the first 150 students at the new Bishop Gorman High School as principal. Viatorians partnered with the Sisters of the Holy Cross and lay teachers to staff the school. Over the next 45 years, 10 more Viatorian priests would head it up, with Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, Br. Rob Robertson, CSV, and Associate Karen Cutler setting up its campus ministry department. Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, led Bishop Gorman from 1993 to 1999.
Fr. Carlos Luis Claro, CSV, celebrates 25 years as a member of the Colombian Foundation of the Province of Chicago in Bogotá. He pronounced his first vows as a Viatorian on Dec. 8, 1989 in Bogotá. In preparation for his leadership assignments in the community, he received an undergraduate degree in educational administration and went on to earn his master’s degree in education in 1992 at the Jesuit Pontifical University in Bogotá, while continuing his studies in theology. In 1998, he was ordained a priest, and two years later he was named rector of Colegio San Viator, where he served until 2008. In the following year he was named parochial vicar of St.Basil the Great Parish in Bogatá. In Fr. Claro’s current assignment, he serves as educator of the faith and provides apostolic service to the sick and their families at the Hospital San Ignacio in Bogatá. He also serves the Viatorian Community as a member of the Council of the Colombian Foundation. Fr. Claro writes: “I give thanks to God for my Viatorian vocation. I have immense gratitude to the congregation for their unconditional support they have given me during these 25 years. I owe special thanks to my novice master, Fr. John Peeters, CSV.
Associate Connie Gerber succeeded him as principal until 2005, and now, Associates Kim Martinez and Bridget Michlik work at the school in campus ministry and development, respectively. Currently, St. Thomas More Catholic Community in Henderson is one of the largest ministry sites for the Viatorians, with more than 6,300 families. Fr. Patrick Render, CSV, leads the thriving parish with the help of Fr. Mick Egan, CSV and Fr. Robert Bolser, CSV, as well as Associates Juliann Dwyer, Ken Rosania and Michael Underwood. “People who have been in Vegas for a long time seek out the Viatorians for their preaching, their human touch and their spirit of working together,” Fr. Render says. “I think people appreciate the progressive theology and postVatican II spirit that Viatorians bring.” It was Fr. Long who helped carve the parish boundaries out of the barren desert and served as its first pastor, celebrating Mass in a nearby mortuary chapel. “Right from the start, parishioners took ownership and worked to build a faith community,” Fr. Long says. “Their dynamism made the difference. They knew what needed to be done and did it.” That partnership between Viatorians and their lay supporters continues, and reflects Fr. Louis Querbes’ original vision: to proclaim the Gospel and raise up communities where faith is lived, deepened and celebrated.
Br. Donald Houde, CSV
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Fr. Mark Francis, CSV
After 12 years in Rome as superior general of the Viatorian Community, and a year’s sabbatical at Santa Clara University in California, Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, started a new role in July. He serves as president of the Catholic Theological Union, located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. He was formally installed in October.
You’ve been at CTU for nearly a year. What’s been the biggest adjustment?
My biggest adjustment has been being back in the U.S. with a very different rhythm of work. I have a schedule that requires constant meetings with staff, colleagues, other presidents and deans of theological schools. The rhythm is decidedly faster paced than it was in Rome.
You’re officially the president of the nation’s largest graduate school of theology. What are some of the biggest issues you’re involved with?
CTU is an extraordinarily complex place. As president I am responsible to the 24 religious communities who make up the corporate board and send their seminarians here for training. I am also responsible to the 45 trustees — half religious, half lay — to represent a vision of the church which sprung from Vatican II: one that is inclusive, humble, open to dialogue with other Christians and people of other religions.
Q. Have you had time to formulate a vision for the university? A. One of CTU’s greatest strengths is that we educate a mixed group of people, including members of religious com-
munities studying for diaconate or priesthood, and lay men and women seeking to make contributions to the ministry of the church. I believe this mix is crucial. Collaboration, mutual respect and a lack of clericalism are all part of CTU’s vision.
Q. As a former superior general of the Viatorians, charged with leading associates, priests and brothers all over the world,
did this experience prepare you for the diverse group of students — and faculty — you now lead?
Absolutely. Happily, the Viatorian Community — as it has developed over the years — is completely consonant with what we are trying to achieve at CTU.
As a religious, what’s it like being around so many students, coming from so many different backgrounds, yet all passionate about theology?
The atmosphere at CTU is charged with a great deal of enthusiasm for theology and ministry. The fact that we have experienced ministers in the classroom already, many of whom have served outside of the country, offers a wonderful mix of opinions and approaches that constantly challenges everyone.
You’ve discussed before how your calling to religious life began at Saint Viator High School. Did you ever in your wildest dreams think your vocation would take you to Rome and around the world, before settling in as a university president?
Looking back on my life, it would have been difficult to guess what God had in store for me. In a real sense, my life has been a series of saying “yes” to things that I took chances on — small leaps of faith. Going to Colombia after ordination, studying in Rome for my doctorate, saying yes to becoming Superior General. All of this has made me convinced in the providence of God. 6
Viatorians Serving as Missionaries, Worldwide For centuries, Viatorians have been known as educators, but increasingly they have taken on the role of missionaries as well. Currently, Viatorians from provinces in Canada, France, Spain and the United States serve in as many as eight missionary countries: Taiwan, Japan, Ivory Coast, Colombia, Bolivia, Honduras, Haiti, Burkino Faso and Belize. This worldwide effort dates its roots to direct appeals from the Vatican — and a willingness on the part of Viatorians to serve. In 1928, Superior General Fr. M. Roberge, CSV, had an audience with Pope Pius XI, where he presented the Pope with “a substantial gift” collected from Viatorian provinces “for the missions.” The Pope used this opportunity to ask Fr. Roberge if he could do more — specifically if he would send Viatorians to foreign countries. The seed was planted. The Province of Montreal moved first. They chose to work with the Querbes Foreign Mission in Supingkai, Manchuria. After arriving in 1931, they built a two-room schoolhouse for English, Chinese and Japanese high school students and expanded it within a year to add more classrooms and a dormitory.
Viatorians in France responded to a desire of Fr. Louis Querbes back in the 19th Century, to minister to Arabs in North Africa. After visiting many sites, they settled in 1955 in Ivory Coast, specifically in its capital city of Abidjan. In 1960, Viatorians once again responded to a papal appeal to expand missionary activity. This time, the request came from Pope John XXIII, who urged religious communities to evangelize in Latin America. After visiting several countries, including El Salvador, Guatemala and Colombia, Viatorians from the United States chose Bogotá, Colombia and from 1961 to 1988 more than a dozen Viatorians would be sent to teach at Colegio San Viator and work in a pair of Viatorian parishes. A new surge of missionary zeal surfaced in 1996, when Superior General Leonard Audet, CSV, challenged Viatorian foundations to expand their efforts, and they responded.
Viatorian missionaries from the United States followed, arriving in Manchuria in 1933, before being declared enemies by the Japanese Empire during World War II. At the urging of Pope Pius XII, Viatorians from Canada and the United States returned to Japan in 1948. Within a year, the provinces in Canada and the United States sent 20 missionaries to Japan, where they founded St. Viator Parish in 1951 and St. Viator Rakusei junior and senior high school in 1952, both in the city of Kyoto.
The Province of Chile chose to mission in Bolivia, while those in Spain went to Honduras; the Province of Canada established schools and a novitiate in Burno Faso. The U.S. Province chose Belize, accepting a parish, St. Francis Xavier in Corozal Town, which has 24 mission stations, 18 elementary schools and one high school connected with it. Serving as missionaries in these far-off countries has yielded not only conversions and new schools and parishes, but vocations to the Viatorian Community, both as vowed religious and lay associates. Find the full transcript of this story on the Viatorian web site under news archives, or visit: http://viatorians.com/how-viatorians -came-to-serve-worldwide-as-missionaries. Br. Leo V. Ryan, CSV 7
In Memoriam Associate Euchrist “Mush” Marcotte (1926-2014)
To parishioners of Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Bourbonnais, Viatorian Associate Euchrist “Mush” Marcotte was one of a kind. He not only worked in building and grounds for the church and school, but he later became an ordained deacon and a Viatorian associate. His ministry, parishioners said, reflected how he had lived his life: in service to others. Marcotte passed away Jan. 16 after an extended illness. He was 87. “He was an icon,” said Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, who preached at his funeral. “He lived his whole life in Bourbonnais and received all of his sacraments at Maternity. You can’t speak about the history of the parish, without speaking about Mush.” Bishop Joseph Imesch presided at his funeral Mass, which drew hundreds of parishioners to fill the church. It was Bishop Imesch who had ordained Marcotte as a permanent deacon in 1986, and Fr. von Behren who had accepted his first commitment as a Viatorian associate in 2003.
Co-Education in Springfield:“An Idea Whose Time Had Come” It has been 25 years since Griffin High School for boys — run by the Viatorians — merged with Sacred Heart Academy for girls, run by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. The decision resulted in Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, and 25 years later its original administrators who negotiated the union were honored for their “leadership, vision and courage” in merging the two traditions. Fr. Robert Erickson, CSV, and Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P. , were honored Feb. 22 at a 25th anniversary gala in Springfield. “It came as a complete surprise,” said Fr. Erickson, “but it’s nice to be remembered and to recognize the Viatorian legacy at the school. Griffin’s traditions are very much a part of the school, and as a result, the Viatorian tradition is still there.”
Fr. Robert Erickson, CSV
Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P
Fr. Erickson served as principal of Griffin for 10 years, leading up to its merger in 1988. Viatorians had staffed and administered the school, since 1930. 8
“He was one of those people in the parish that everyone looked to,” says Fr. James Crilly, CSV, a former pastor. “Everyone knew him and appreciated him.”
During his lifetime, he would work with nearly a dozen Viatorians who served the parish as pastor, and he helped five of them during his years as an ordained deacon.
Marcotte originally worked for the U.S. Post Office, but during the mid-1950s he was hired as custodian at Maternity. Later, he served as one of the first bus drivers for Bourbonnais Elementary District 53 while expanding his operational duties at Maternity in-between his routes.
“He was a deacon, personified,” said Fr. James Michaletz, CSV, a former associate pastor. “He assisted at Mass, brought the Eucharist to the homebound and genuinely cared about people.” Fr. John Linnan, CSV, another former pastor, described Marcotte as “warmhearted and generous” and his homilies reflected that.
His passing drew scores of online tributes, both in an online guest book and on Maternity’s Facebook page.
“His homilies were simple and direct,” Fr. Linnan said. “He just connected with people.”
“It’s hard to imagine ministry at MBVM without Mush,” wrote Lori Ann Froeba Grzelak. “He was a prayerful, spiritual man who knew the value of a healthy hug, a hearty laugh and an impish practical joke.”
Marcotte followed his sister, Henrietta and her husband Francis “Foo” Chamness in becoming a Viatorian associate. Together they advanced the Viatorian charism, both in the parish and on several medical mission trips to the Viatorian mission in Belize. Just last summer, Marcotte made his definitive commitment as a Viatorian associate.
Marcotte’s life literally started and ended with the Viatorians. When he was born, Fr. Walter Suprenant, CSV, a pastor for more than 30 years at the parish and a former provincial of the Viatorians, baptized him.
We will miss him. Eileen O’Grady Daday
Both he and Sr. Mary Paul stayed on to run the new school — with Sr. Mary Paul as principal and Fr. Erickson as vice principal — for three years, before both stepped away. Sr. Mary Paul went on to become principal of Marian Catholic High School on Chicago’s south side for the next 16 years, before being named Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
His legacy remains in a tangible way. One of the teachers Fr. Erickson hired at Griffin, Ken Leonard, continues to coach Sacred Heart Griffin’s varsity football team, and last November led them to win the Class 5A state championship.
Fr. Erickson, meanwhile, served in campus ministry at the University of Illinois until 1994, before leading the Viatorians and its Chicago Province as treasurer for the next 15 years. Now retired, he leads Bible studies, retreats and missions for a variety of groups and parishes.
But that’s not all. Along the way, they played Washington High School in the semi-finals, whose town had been devastated by a tornado less than a week before the game. The outpouring of support for their opponents earned Sacred Heart Griffin to be nominated in February for the National Spirit of Sport Award by the Illinois High School Association. Eileen O’Grady Daday
“This was an idea whose time had come,” Fr. Erickson said of the merger. “We were literally a block away from each other and already shared some classes. So there already was this movement, and in merging we combined the best elements from both schools.” 9
The new organ features its custom façade, built with locally harvested black walnut. A refurbished stained glass window will complete the music space.
New Organ in Bourbonnais Makes Parish Sing After nearly two years of construction, the renovation project at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Bourbonnais nears completion. One final element will be unveiled later this month: a new, state of the art pipe organ.
Lee Maloney, president of Allen Organs of Chicago, said the new organ will have three manuals, or keyboards as well as 58 stops. It will incorporate both digital and real pipe organ voices — and more than 250 orchestral and instrumental sounds.
“I hope this new organ will enhance the assembly’s song during liturgy,” says Music Director Chris Lord, “as well as lift their hearts in prayer.”
“It’s a comprehensive instrument designed to perform all types of repertoire — from classical to contemporary,” Maloney says.
Lord worked with officials from Allen Organ to design the custom instrument as well as Steve Remmert, of Remmert Studios in nearby St. Anne, IL. He constructed the organ’s façade — out of locally harvested black walnut — that matched the historic nature of the church.
The project entailed more than building the new instrument. The entire music space had to be redesigned to accommodate the new organ. In all, 42 speakers encased in 18 cabinets, combined with more than 1,400 watts of amplification, will project the sound.
Work began last fall, after Fr. Richard Pighini, CSV, made a personal appeal to parishioners. In highlighting the need for a new organ, he said it would not only serve the needs of current families, but would be a gift for future generations to enjoy.
One of the organ’s most distinctive features — a pair of angels playing trumpets — actually provide a much needed function. They house a separate source for the fanfare trumpet sounds from the organ, mounted beneath the angels, for more realism, Maloney says.
“The initial response in the first week was overwhelming,” says Fr. Jason Nesbit, CSV, associate pastor. “Within two months the money that was needed for the organ was raised. People were invited to make pledges, but many were forthcoming with their donations.”
Look for all of that sound to be featured during the organ’s formal dedication concert, at 7 p.m. on May 10. That’s when the parish’s resident organists, Chris Lord and Andrew Prentkowski will play the new organ, as well as former music director Steve Bisaillon and parishioner Chet Lord-Remmert.
The parish’s prior organ had been designed for a much smaller space, like a chapel or funeral home, and literally “died” during a funeral in 2012. The new organ is bigger, with a much larger sound.
The featured guest organist will be Bourbonnais native Josh McClure, who majored in music at Wheaton College and now serves as music director at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles, IL. Eileen O’Grady Daday 10
St. Gregory Class of 1953, Remembers F. Haungs, CSV, Class of 1953.” It was to be placed in a prominent area in the new school that would open the following school year, and it hung there for the next 60 years. At the end of the 2013 school year, St. Gregory the Great High School, in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, closed its doors after 75 years of Catholic education. Families mourned its passing, but one class in particular – the Class of 1953 - still holds a fondness and respect for the Viatorian priest who taught them over the course of their four years there. Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, provincial, recently received a letter and photographs from an alumna of that class, Jean (Winandy) Evinger, who shared a story that still resonates, some 60 years later. In 1949, Fr. Edward F. Haungs, CSV was assigned to join the faculty at St. Gregory, the same year as more than 90 freshmen who entered the school. According to Evinger, their freshman class adopted him and thought of him as their “special mentor” over the next four years.
When news broke that St. Gregory’s would be closed, the Class of 1953 hoped to retrieve the cross for their class reunion. Unfortunately, it could not be removed. As an alternative, a photograph of the cross and the plaque were displayed last September at their class reunion. These very photos were sent to Fr. Von Behren, with the request that they be preserved in the Viatorian Community Archives.
“Fr. Haungs was a remarkable man in many ways, partly due to his friendly, outgoing personality,” Evinger wrote, “but also, because of his ability to relate to students on their level and by his sage advice and good example, to steer them in the right direction.”
“It would be a joy to us to know that this picture of our tribute to our beloved Fr. Haungs will be preserved for years to come,” Evinger wrote. “And we hope that your community spirit will be enriched in knowing how greatly the Viatorians have influenced our lives.”
Just months before their graduation in 1953, Fr. Haungs died of a massive coronary at the age of 44.
The Viatorians have taught and ministered in numerous schools over the years – influencing thousands of young adults. It’s always wonderful to hear and share such a poignant story that still lives on after 60 years.
“His death sent the school into a deep mourning,” Evinger said. To honor the memory of their beloved teacher and mentor, the Class of 1953 purchased a large marble cross with an engraved bronze plaque, as a gift to the school. The inscription read, “To the Glory of God in Memory of Rev. Edward 11
Joan Sweeney Viatorian Associate and Archivist
Las Vegas Teens Celebrate Their Faith in LA That was the theme at the latest Los Angeles Youth Day in Anaheim, which drew more than 14,000 young people from the western states, including 120 from the Diocese of Las Vegas. More than its numbers, the energetic youth congress served as a sign: God’s people are young, vibrant and eager to gather together to pray, learn and celebrate. “Just to stand together and join in prayer with thousands of other young Catholics in the stadium — meant everything to our youth,” said Viatorian Associate Rosy Hartz, youth minister at St. Viator Catholic Community.
Hearing her wisdom, I smiled and responded, “Well I certainly can’t top that one.” Steven Dwyer, Life Teen director from St. Thomas More Catholic Community in Henderson, NV, accompanied a group of young people from his parish. “It was a great way for the youth to bond with each other and to see,” Steven said. “It is pretty amazing to see that many teens coming together to learn and worship.” Young people came together to share in liturgy, participate in workshops on faith matters and experience the sheer energy of being together. Faith, as any youth minister will tell you, flourishes in the Catholic community when young people are encouraged to build relationships — while exploring shared convictions. While many lament the fact that youth connect to one another only through their cell phones, it was apparent at Youth Day that young people are eager to enter into meaningful face-to-face encounters when they encounter a church that takes the development of their faith lives seriously. What I witnessed at the annual Los Angeles Youth Day was a church engaging young people and inviting them into a meaningful experience of community. During the opening presentation in the main auditorium, national recording artist ValLimar Jansen asked the group to share with one other person an inspirational quote that guided their faith. “God defines who I am, not my friends or the mistakes I make,” said one of the girls to me from St. Viator Catholic Community. www.viatorians.com
Overall, I saw LA Youth Day as a sign of hope for the church and the world. It signified that God’s spirit is transforming society through faith-filled youth. They are proclaiming the gospel and living as Jesus’ followers in their high schools — and in all those places only teenagers are able to reach. Bart Hisgen, Assistant Director of Vocations ▼ Fr. William Haesaert, CSV, enjoyed the accompanying young people on the trip.
In the Footsteps of Our Founder... The First Viatorian Mission in the United States Pope Gregory XVI in encouraging Fr. Querbes’ society to “Increase and Multiply” excited Querbes’ missionary zeal. Fr. Querbes believed that although the congregation was centered in Lyons, it was part of the world church and thus could not restrain its activities to any particular diocese or country. Within five years Viatorians had even crossed the Pyrenees, went to Rodez, France, and established 33 schools in five French dioceses. With the opening of second formation house, Fr. Querbes told Fr. Faure, the director, to cultivate within the young candidates, a zeal for missionary work. As early as 1838, Bishop Rosati of St. Louis interviewed Fr. Querbes about sending teaching brothers to his diocese.
Gracious God, be forever blest for your gift in Fr. Louis Querbes, dedicated pastor in the education of youth, and in the service of sacred liturgy, and founder of the Viatorian Community.
In preparation for the arrival of the Viatorians, in 1839 Bishop Rosati selected two American teachers, Shepard and McDonald, to go to Vourles to train as novices and eventually return to St. Louis. Twice in 1841 Bishop Rosati visited Vourles to make arrangements for Shepard, McDonald and Brothers Lahage, Ligon, Pavy and Thibaudier to sail in October 1841, to St. Louis. Double tragedy struck. Bishop Rosati died in Rome and with it his education plans. The brothers sailed to St. Louis where Bishop Kenrick welcomed them but he could not provide them lodging, land for a school or money. A diocesan priest, Fr. Fontbonne, agreed to provide lodging for the brothers at his parish rectory in Carondelet. However, the building was so small that it could not even accommodate beds, forcing the brothers to sleep on the floor. For three months they were virtual orphans, often fed by Sisters of St. Joseph. Their situation became even more dire when Bishop Kendrick dismissed Fr. Fontbonne. Shepard decided to return to his old school and McDonald left the Viatorians. Brothers Ligon and Pavy decided not to renew vows. Although Bishop Kenrick ordained both Thibaudier and Lahage; neither accepted incarnation, but remained Viatorian priests. The experience in St. Louis was the first collaboration between the Viatorians and the Sisters of St. Joseph. The two communities began again a joint ministerial venture at St. Viator Parish in Chicago. Bishop Quigley requested that the Viatorians start a new parish and school on the Northwest side of Chicago, which at that time was a rural area. The Viatorians began their work in 1888, and in 1910, the Sisters of St. Joseph arrived at St. Viator Grade School and ministered there for over 100 years. Br. Leo V. Ryan, CSV
Around the Province... This issue of Around the Province offers updates on the latest assignments of Viatorians and highlights their ministries around the country.
Br. Dale Barth, CSV, may be retired but he still finds occasion to be involved in ministry. That was the case in late February, when a former student from Saint Viator High School, who remains in close contact Br. Dale Barth, CSV, anoints the head with Br. Dale, asked him to of infant Patrick Baumgartner during baptize his infant grandson. his recent baptism. The intimate ceremony drew extended family members to the chapel at the Viatorian Province Center and left all who attended moved by the happy occasion and affirmed by God’s providence.
Br. Daniel Lydon, CSV, was installed as an acolyte, or minister of the altar, during a private Mass at St. Viator Parish’s rectory in Chicago. Fr. Thomas von Behren Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, celebrates Mass presided at the cer- at St. Viator Parish in Chicago and confers the emony. It represented order of acolyte to Br. Daniel Lydon, CSV. the second step during Fr. Michael Keliher, CSV, left, was one of Br. Dan’s formation many Viatoriansin attendance. process in prepartion for the priesthood.
Fr. Thomas Long, CSV, was one of several religious to meet in February with Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, to discuss advancing Separate words immigration reform and ultimately obtain his support. Officially, Fr. Long represented the advocacy committee of two Chicago Fr. ThomasLong, CSV, can be seen seated area organizations: Priests second from the right at a meeting last for Justice for Immigrants, winter with Cardinal Francis George and Sisters and Brothers about advancing immigration reform of Immigrants. He also initiatives. represented members of the Viatorian Community, who are committed to working for immigration reform.
The Viatorians were honored in March by officials with Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in North suburban Chicago, at the school’s Founders’ Dinner. The Viatorians were among Chief Financial Officer Jim Thomas with the founding religious Br. Carlos Ernesto Flórez, CSV communities to financially back the high school when it opened in 2004, and they continue to support it. As part of the Cristo Rey Network, the school is committed to educating young people who live in urban communities with limited educational options, and offers them a unique opportunity to pay for their education through its corporate work study program.
Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, saw his latest book published in March, called Local Worship, Global Church. It examines the history of Roman Catholic worship from the perspective of “people in the pews” rather than through the deliberations of popes and church councils. In Fr. Francis’ words, it offers conclusions “from the bottom up rather than from the top down,” that complement our understanding of the history of liturgy. www.viatorians.com
Vocations in Colombia continue to grow. Fr. Thomas von Behren, traveled this winter to Bogotá to join with the Viatorian Community in celebrating the profession of perpetual vows of Br. Fredy Contreras, CSV, and first vows of Br. E. Jhobany Orduz, CSV, and Br. William E. Pardo, CSV. They also remembered in prayer, Br. Elkin Mendoza, CSV, who began his novitiate year in Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, blesses Br. Fredy Contreras, CSV, during Santiago, Chile.
his perpetual vow ceremony in Bogotá.
St. Viator Parish in Chicago continues to be a vibrant place, especially in its teen ministry. A retreat during the winter drew more than 400 young people from four nearby parishes. It was designed by Viatorian Associate Hector ObregonLuna and Bart Hisgen, Teens at St. Viator Parish in Chicago assistant vocations director. write their reflections during a retreat They wanted to help teens last winter that drew 400 young people discover their true identity, from surrounding parishes. through examining their relationship with God. “We were thrilled to draw that many young people to our parish,” said Hector, who works as youth ministry director at St. Viator. “We were blessed that the turnout was that strong.” Fr. Richard Pighini, CSV, and Fr. Jason Nesbit, CSV watched as parishioners at Maternity BVM continued a longstanding tradition of mounting a living Last Supper presentation in the church sanctuary. The presentation took place a week before on Palm Sunday and featured parishioners in the roles of the 12 disciples and Jesus, as well as a narrator and a musical interlude. During the performance, each disciple introduced himself to the audience, described his relationship with Jesus and wondered aloud if he was the traitor. “Is it I, is it I?” Viatorian Associate John Ohlendorf watched from the sidelines this year, after performing for many years and also directing it. “It’s very inspirational and meaningful,” Ohlendorf says, “especially when the narrator suggests that the everyone in the audience ask themselves, ‘Is it I?’ “ Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, and Fr. Patrick Render, CSV, are busy getting their parishes in Las Vegas ready. In July, nearly 100 Viatorian associates, priests and brothers will descend on the city for the annual provin- Fr. Patrick Render, CSV, above, and his councial assembly for two terpart, Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, are preparing days of meetings, reflec- their Las Vegas parishes for this summer’s provincial assembly in Las Vegas. tions and workshops — with Mass at both St. Viator and St. Thomas More Catholic Communities. It’s been four years since Viatorians have convened in Las Vegas. Later this summer, nearly 100 teens also will head to Las Vegas for the Viatorian Youth Congress, marking its first time away from the Chicago area. 15
Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, and Br. Leo Ryan, CSV joined other religious leaders on Feb. 25 for a prayer vigil and press conference at the Chicago Temple. They joined forces in calling for a more fair tax structure in Illinois in order to help end the spread of poverty and shore up social services. The press conference followed a letter signed by more than 200 faith leaders from across the state, including members of the Viatorian Community, directed to state leaders. “As clergy, people of faith, and people of good will, we call upon you, our elected r epresentatives, to institute a system of taxation in the state of Illinois that asks those who have been blessed with great wealth to pay their fair share,” wrote the Rev. C.J. Hawking, executive director or Arise Chicago. “We stand with a broad coalition of citizen and service organizations called A Better Illinois.” The Viatorian Community’s Provincial Council added their signatures to a letter addressed to members of Congress, asking that human needs not go underfunded at the expense of increasing the war budget. Working with the American Friends Service Committee in Washington, the letter was sent to members of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. The Viatorian Community was among 25 religious congregations to sign the letter, making it a record for the Friends Committee. “We believe that budget decisions should be rooted in the values of justice and compassion,” the letter stated. “Promoting true human security requires making investments in human needs.” Eileen O’Grady Daday Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.viatorians.com Provincial: Fr. Thomas R. von Behren, CSV Editor: Fr. Thomas E. Long, CSV Director of Communications: Eileen O’Grady Daday Editorial Board: Fr. Thomas R. von Behren, CSV Br. Donald P. Houde, CSV Fr. Lawrence D. Lentz, CSV Br. Leo V. Ryan, CSV Eileen O’Grady Daday Barton Hisgen Associate Joan Sweeney Layout and Design: Dianna Ehrenfried Visualedge, Inc. www.viatorians.com
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write to you on this second week of March, a week that celebrates the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis I. I am so happy that people throughout the world have embraced this remarkable man with great love and profound respect. For those of us who are ordained priests and professed religious (sisters, brothers, and priests), Pope Francis has offered us new hope and new life in our commitment to serve as ministers of the Roman Catholic Church. As we all know, the past decade has been a difficult period for many of us who have remained committed to the church and committed to our call as priests and religious. At times we have experienced shame and embarrassment over the response of the church to the sin and scandal of sexual abuse by its own clergy and religious. And at times some have questioned their own vocation and desire to continue to minister within the climate the scandal has created. It has been a very difficult period for the church and for many of her ministers.
However, with the election of Pope Francis, new light has broken through this darkness and the clouds appear to be slowly dissipating over the skies of the Catholic church. Let me be clear, we must always remain conscious and vigilant, making sure that all are safe and protected, especially the young and vulnerable in our world. This is our duty! With this acknowledgment, wecan still say ‘Yes,’ a new spirit within the church
is dawning, like a phoenix rising up from the ashes. In a recently published article, entitled ‘How to really measure the ‘Francis effect,’ the author, Daniel Burke wrote that it is not so much that Francis has changed doctrine, rather he has changed the conversation. And for me, that is the shift that is happening in our church today. Where the conversation over the past decade centered on scandal, today we speak of contemporary issues that are the substance of our daily faith lives as men and women living in 21st Century. We hear the Pope speak of “our topics,” in plain and accessible language. He speaks with a new generosity of spirit that is truly open and welcoming. He embraces the disfigured, he washes the feet of women and Muslims, and when asked about gays and lesbians, he says, “who am I to judge?” Our mission, he says, is that we must turn to the poor and get out of our comfort zones. This Pope gets it and lives it!
Viatorians Celebrate 60 Years in Las Vegas
Page 2 Viatorian Associate: To Be or Not to Be Viatorians Work and Pray for Immigration Reform
Page 4 Jubilarians: Viatorian Priests Celebrate Anniversaries
Page 6 Q & A with Fr. Mark Francis, CSV
Page 7 Viatorians Serving as Missionaries, Worldwide
Page 8 In Memoriam: Euchrist “Mush” Marcotte Co-Education in Springfield: “An Idea Whose Time Had Come”
As provincial, I rejoice in this new spirit, this new openness. I know that over the years, there have been countless Viatorians who have shared these same values in their preaching, teaching and by the way they have lived their lives as brothers and priests. As we experience these last weeks of Lent, let us listen carefully to the words and most importantly, the actions of Pope Francis, and let us yearn to rise from the ashes of the past decade and embrace the joy and hope of a church that proclaims Christ as savior for all.
In St. Viator and Fr. Querbes,
Thomas R. von Behren, CSV Provincial – Province of Chicago
New Organ in Bourbonnais Makes Parish Sing
Page 11 From the Archives…. St. Gregory Class of 1953, Remembers
Page 12 LasVegas Teens Celebrate Their Faith in LA
In the Footsteps of Our Founder
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