Students spent their class periods rotating in and out of the Alumni Memorial Chapel, where three Viatorian priests took turns saying Mass, in Spanish, naturally.
Fr. Dan Hall, CSV; Fr. Dan Lydon, CSV; and Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, all celebrated Mass for the Spanish students and during their homilies explained more about her apparition to Juan Diego in 1531 and the powerful symbol she has become as patroness of the Americas.
“It seemed like it would be a natural,” said Fr. Bolser, chaplain. “Anytime we can broaden the cultural experience, outside of the classroom, it’s a good thing.”
All three Viatorians have experienced the devotion of feast day, firsthand. Fr. Hall helped establish a Viatorian mission in Belize and he ultimately spent five years there, where Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral in the city of Belmopan draws thousands to its novena and feast day Masses.
Before coming to Saint Viator, Fr. Bolser served as pastor of St. Viator Parish in Chicago, where its devout Hispanic parishioners would start with prayers early in the morning on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, before attending Mass and celebrating with a fiesta. Fr. Lydon also served at the parish, as a religious brother and deacon before he was ordained there in 2015.
“These Masses were well received,” Fr. Bolser added. “We’d like have them three to four times a year, when appropriate.”