Saint Viator News

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Month: June 2015

Viatorian Community Expands: Dan Lydon ’73 Ordained

Nearly 50 faculty and staff traveled to the historic St. Viator Church in Chicago—which the Viatorians founded in 1888—to witness the ordination of their colleague, Fr. Daniel Lydon, C.S.V.

Bishop Christopher Glancy, C.S.V., the Viatorians’ only active bishop, came from Belize to preside at the ordination. Bishop George Rassas, an auxiliary bishop with the Archdiocese of Chicago, was also on hand for the Mass.blessing

Two former presidents of Saint Viator High School, Fr. Charles Bolser, C.S.V., and Fr. Thomas von Behren, C.S.V., concelebrated the ordination Mass.

“We gather today in great joy,” Bishop Glancy said to those in attendance. “This is just what Pope Francis said about consecrated life: It is a joyful moment.”

Fr. Lydon first met the Viatorians when he attended Saint Viator High School, after graduating from Queen of the Rosary School in Elk Grove Village. He graduated in 1973 and later returned in 1994, when he was hired to teach Spanish. Fr. Lydon ultimately served as assistant principal.

He has spent the last four years completing his seminary studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where Fr. Mark Francis, C.S.V., serves as president.consecration_wide shot

One of Fr. Lydon’s former students recognized many of the saints featured in the Litany of Saints to be the same ones he highlighted in his ethics classes at Saint Viator.

In thanking everyone afterwards, Fr. Lydon described the day as a “celebration of community” and a reminder for those on hand to listen to their own calls—and to act on them.

“Sometimes we never know about these turn of events,” Fr. Lydon said. “If Fr. Bolser hadn’t hired me in 1994, you just never know what would have happened.”

Fr. Lydon celebrated his first Mass of thanksgiving one day later at St. Viator Parish, where Fr. Thomas Kass, C.S.V., offered the homily. In it, he pointed to Fr. Lydon’s ordination as a sign of hope in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.

“Let your priestly heart be grounded in mercy, in hope and in love and in the activity of prayer,” Fr. Kass said.

This fall, Fr. Lydon will return to Saint Viator High School, to teach in the religion department and help develop a new faith program for adults offered by Campus Ministry.

Innovation at Work: Saint Viator Students Begin Corporate Work Study Program

Saint Viator High School launched its new Corporate Work Study Program this week, the same way any new job begins: with training.

The innovative program was designed to make a Catholic education more affordable for families with limited income. Essentially, the program places students in entry-level summer jobs at local corporations, where they will earn up to $3,000 toward tuition.

Students and their families gathered Wednesday for a training session led by Jill Bogaerts, office manager at Kelleher & Buckley. The suburban law firm was part of a pilot program last summer, which offered four students jobs at two law firms run by Saint Viator alumni, including Andy Kelleher ’86 and Dean Niro ’82 of Niro, Haller & Niro in Chicago.

“We’re committed to making a Saint Viator education available to kids at all income levels,” President Fr. Corey Brost, C.S.V., said. “We’re also committed to cutting-edge ways to prepare kids for today’s professional world. This program keeps both those commitments.”

Jobs in the program are limited. Student selection was based on maturity level and financial need, with priority going to students in need of more than a half tuition scholarship. However, school officials believe the benefits go beyond the financial aid.

They point to students getting real world experience and being immersed in a professional environment, as well as beginning to build a network of business contacts before entering college.

This summer, 11 different companies are participating in the program by hiring Saint Viator students. They run the gamut, and students were placed, in part, by their interest.

They include: Lavelle Law and Journeys: The Road Home, both in Palatine; Kelleher & Buckley in North Barrington, Niro, Haller & Niro and Nippon Life Benefits, both in Chicago; Cashman Stahler Group in Lombard, Faith Community Homes and Village Bank & Trust, both in Arlington Heights; Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in Itasca; Cubicle Ninjas in Glen Ellyn; and Rose Packing Company in Barrington.

Bart Hisgen, who formerly worked for Catholic Theological Union and for the Viatorian Community, is serving as coordinator of the program.

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