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Fr. Daniel Hall, CSV, Called to Lead Viatorian Community

Fr. Dan Hall, C.S.V. next to the Fr. Louis Querbes bust in the Alumni Memorial Chapel. Fr. Querbes founded the Clerics of St. Viator.

Fr. Dan Hall, C.S.V. next to the Fr. Louis Querbes bust in the Alumni Memorial Chapel. Fr. Querbes founded the Clerics of St. Viator.

After serving Saint Viator High School for a combined 19 years, Fr. Daniel Hall, CSV, has been called back to his community to lead the Viatorians as Provincial Superior.

His election came Friday, when Viatorians in this country and in Colombia voted Fr. Hall as their “first pastor.” While he had been serving as acting Provincial over the last four months, succeeding Fr. Robert. M. Egan, CSV, when he was elected Superior General in July, he now will devote himself fully to the Viatorian Community and advancing its spiritual mission.

In speaking to his confreres at a Mass after the election, Fr. Hall pointed to his predecessors as his role models, including Fr. Kenneth Morris, Fr. Patrick Render, Fr. Charles Bolser, Fr. Egan and Fr. Thomas von Behren.

“Forty years ago, when I entered the community, I had absolutely no idea that I would ever be asked to serve in this role,” Fr. Hall said. “I am truly humbled to follow these men.”

At the same time, Viatorians elected Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, ‘74 and Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, ‘71 to serve with Fr. Hall on his Provincial Council. Br. Gosch formerly taught English at Saint Viator High School and now co-directs the Viator House of Hospitality with Fr. Corey Brost, CSV.

Fr. Francis served the Viatorians as Superior General, from 2000 – 2012. He currently leads Catholic Theological Union in Chicago as president. It is one of the largest graduate schools of theology in the country.

Fr. Dan Lydon, CSV, ’73, and Br. Rob Robertson, CSV, were appointed to fill out the four-man Provincial Council. Both formerly taught at Saint Viator. Fr. Lydon left last year to serve as associate pastor at Maternity BVM in Bourbonnais, while Br. Robertson serves in Campus Ministry at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.

Fr. Hall and his new Provincial Council members will be formally installed during a Mass at the Viatorian Province Center on Dec. 16.

For the last year and a half, Fr. Hall has served as Vice President of Viatorian Identity and Mission at Saint Viator. Along with serving as an assistant football and wrestling coach, and teaching social studies courses, Fr. Hall oversaw aspects of Campus Ministry, the Religion Department and outreach initiatives, to make sure they reflected the Viatorian mission.

 

In his new role as Provincial Superior and chair of the Board of Governors of Saint Viator High School, Fr. Hall will continue to remain involved with Saint Viator and its mission of providing religious formation and academic excellence for young people.

 

“At the end of the day, we hope students leave here with the idea of a life of service,” Fr. Hall said. “That’s the Viatorian understanding of living a Christian life.”

Students and Grandparents Celebrate Feast of St. Viator

DSC_0008Grandparents’ Day held special meaning on Friday at Saint Viator High School. Not only did students get to show off their school, but they celebrated together at Mass, on the feast of St. Viator. The timing was deliberate as it underscored the school’s patron saint, whose life back in 4th century France was dedicated to educating young people in the faith.

The Mass drew students, parents, and grandparents to gather together in the Cahill Gymnasium for the celebration. The liturgy opened with a procession of Viatorian associates, pre-associates, brothers, and priests, including many who were alumni of Saint Viator High School.

“We warmly welcome all the grandparents here,” said Fr. Dan Hall, CSV, vice president of Viatorian identity and mission. “For many of you, this is something like a homecoming, and we welcome you home.”

DSC_0021Students participated in many aspects of the Mass, from those in Music Ministry to Eucharistic ministers and cross-bearers. In addition, some 65 students were commissioned at the end of Mass as members of the Campus Ministry Team, charged with enhancing the spiritual life of the school.

In his homily, Fr. Hall described who St. Viator was and why Fr. Louis Querbes, founder of the Viatorians, chose this little-known saint to be the patron of his new religious congregation.

“Viator was a lector at the cathedral in Lyon,” Fr. Hall said. “As part of his role, Viator preached and expanded on the gospel, but most importantly he taught young children their faith.”

Many centuries later, Fr. Querbes, he added, founded the Clerics of St. Viator in the aftermath of the French Revolution, with a specific mission of service to the altar and the education of young people in the faith. For their motto, he chose: “Let the children come unto me.”

“You know, as we gather today—associates, brothers, priests, parents, grandparents and students—we all have the role of educating young people in the faith,” Fr. Hall said. “We not only help them find Jesus, we help them find Jesus present in their lives.”

For more photos from today’s Mass, click here.

Faculty Members Complete Service for the Marginalized

IMG_0542A quiet tradition played out earlier this month when faculty members gathered in Querbes Hall to pack sack lunches for the homeless, served by Catholic Charities.

Faculty and staff are committed to regularly completing some kind of hands-on service. Each month, they alternate between volunteering for Catholic Charities in Des Plaines and serving a hot meal to those served by Journeys from PADS to Hope in Arlington Heights.

As Catholic educators at Saint Viator, they are carrying out part of the Viatorian charism, which is to embrace “those accounted of little importance.”

IMG_0543“We are walking in the footsteps of Fr. Querbes,” says Mrs. Rita King, who coordinates the adult faith formation program with Mrs. Ann Perez, a fellow religion teacher and Viatorian associate.

For this month’s project, faculty members signed up in advance to contribute sandwiches, fruit, beverages, individually wrapped snacks or desserts. They then worked in assembly-line fashion to pack the lunches after school.

The lunches are meant to compliment Catholic Charities’ evening suppers, which feed an average of 100 every Tuesday and Thursday night. Since the center does not provide them with a dinner every day, they receive a sack lunch on their way out, so they have food the next day.

IMG_0540While faculty members are not required to participate, more than 40 percent do, Mrs. King reports. The monthly service projects are an extension of the wider faith formation program, which also offers regular prayer services, quarterly family Masses, more service opportunities and even a Lenten book club.

These experiences are provided in order to offer faculty members, as well as parents and alumni, ways to foster personal and spiritual growth as part of a wider faith community.

“As a Catholic Christian community,” Mrs. King adds, “Saint Viator is committed to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ through our words and our actions.”

History of the Saint Viator High School Crest

crestDepending on your age, you may have seen it thousands of times in print, at school events and even on clothing, but what do you really know about the school crest?

While many things have changed since the doors to Saint Viator opened over 50 years ago, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the crest, and more importantly, what it stands for.

According to our history, the school seal incorporates the red lion and white fleur-de-lis from the coat of arms of the city of Lyon where Fr. Louis Querbes began his work that led to the formation of the Viatorian community. Surrounding the letters IHS, is a crown of thorns. IHS or “In Hoc Signo” in Latin translates to “In this sign,” and the letters are centered on the cross, which is the seal of the Clerics of St. Viator. The three orbitals symbolize scientific learning. The torch behind the shield is a symbol of knowledge, truth and the Catholic faith.

That’s quite a message for a single seal, but one which clearly represents all that Saint Viator High School stands for.

Fr. Robert M. Egan ’69 Elected Superior General of Viatorians

SVHS_0030It’s official! Just five years after leaving Saint Viator High School as president, Fr. Robert M. Egan, CSV ’69, has been elected Superior General of the worldwide Viatorian Community.

He was elected Tuesday, during the congregation’s General Chapter meeting going on at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein. It is a six-year term and with it comes the primary responsibility of promoting the community’s religious and apostolic values.

Fr. Egan is the second Saint Viator High School graduate to assume the leadership position in recent years. Fr. Mark Francis ’71, led the community as superior general from 2000-2012. He was on hand as a delegate to the General Chapter, to congratulate his former classmate in person.

In fact, Saint Viator High School graduates are playing a big role at the Chapter meeting. Of the six delegates there representing Viatorians in North America, four are alumni: Fr. Egan, Fr. Francis, Fr. Dan Lydon ’73, and Br. Michael Gosch ’74.

Egan-Francis - CopyTwo more delegates—Fr. Thomas von Behren and Fr. Patrick Render—are former presidents of Saint Viator High School, while Fr. Dan Hall and Br. John Eustice, were elected as alternates but ended up not having to serve.

The vote came Tuesday, during the final week of the General Chapter, which takes in more than 40 delegates from Viatorians across the world, including Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Haiti, the Ivory Coast, Spain and the United States.

Fr. Egan takes over from Fr. Alain Ambeault, CSV, of Canada, who has led the congregation for the last six years.

Fr. Egan brings to the role his 48 years as a Viatorian, including 40 years as a priest. During those years, he has served as pastor of St. Viator Church in Chicago and of St. Thomas More Catholic Community in Henderson, NV, before being elected Provincial Superior last year.

Service & Song Camp Draws Record Turnout

sns6A tradition of immersing incoming students into Saint Viator’s commitment to service continues this week at the sixth annual Service & Song Camp.

More than 150 students—a record turnout—gathered in Querbes Hall for the start of the five-day camp. They included 43 current Saint Viator students who signed up as leaders, as well as recent alumni and more than 100 incoming students.

“We’re here because there’s pain in the world,” said Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, former president of the high school who started the unique camp in 2013. “This week we’re going to feed the hungry and visit the lonely. We’ll be changing the lives of people by the work you do. You’ll be changing the world because you had the guts to come this week.”

sns2The camp has two tracks. While most of the students participate in service, another group develops their experience in liturgical music. Working with Mr. Dan Walls, choral director, they learn liturgical music that opens and closes each day’s sessions.

This year’s service destinations include: Community Threads, Sisters of the Living Word, SALUTE, Inc., WINGS, the Wheeling Township Food Pantry and the Viatorian Community Garden, all in Arlington Heights; Journey Care in Barrington; Catholic Charities in Des Plaines; St. Joseph Home for the Elderly and Journeys: The Road Home, both in Palatine; and Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg.

Mr. Brian Liedlich, president of Saint Viator High School, greeted campers on the opening day. He thanked them for coming and for making a commitment to service.

sns“Carrying out service is consistent with the gospel values and with our mission as a school,” Mr. Liedlich said. “It is my hope that service impacts your life, not only in your years here but for the rest of your life.”

This year’s leaders exemplified how service had impacted their lives.

“I first came as an eighth grader and I wanted to meet new people before freshman year,” said Nicole Durso ’19. “Now, as a leader, I hope to instill the same passion for service that I have.”

J.C. Thomas ’20 has attended two Service & Song camps before this year, and through his involvement, he says it has opened his eyes to serving the marginalized. He returned as a leader this year and said he hoped to influence younger students.

“It’s important that they know that people are in need and that we can help,” he said.

sns4Before the campers departed for their first service trip, they reflected on the pain and suffering they see in the world. They each wrote one issue on a poster on that back wall, and their answers ran the gamut, from hunger, homelessness, and bullying, to human trafficking, deporting immigrants and gun violence.

While they may not be able to affect change in some of these areas, Fr. Corey said he wanted them to acknowledge the suffering they see in the world and that they can be agents of change.

“Our intention is to let students directly serve those most in need in the local community,” Fr. Corey said, “and learn why service is at the heart of a lived‐out Catholic faith.”

Service & Song Returns for 6th Annual Summer

Service & Song 2017

Service & Song 2017

A tradition of immersing incoming students into Saint Viator’s commitment to service continues next week at the sixth annual Service & Song Camp.

More than 150 students will turn out for the five-day camp, its largest group ever. They include junior high students and incoming freshmen as well as current Saint Viator students and young alumni serving as leaders.

Service & Song 2016

Service & Song 2016

When the camp begins next week, the students will be divided up into 10 teams, grouping junior high and incoming students with teen leaders from Saint Viator. Each afternoon starts out with a reflection on their service and people they impact, as well as a song led by the student musicians and choral members.

Some of the destinations group have previously volunteered at include Community Threads, Sisters of the Living Word, Wheeling Township Food Pantry and the Viatorian Community Garden.

Viatorian Bishop Returns to Celebrate Mass

IMG_9708When the Viatorians’ only active bishop, the Most Rev. Christopher Glancy, CSV, celebrated the last all-school Mass on April 18, it was a homecoming of sorts for him.

He began his Viatorian ministry and teaching career at Saint Viator, exactly 35 years ago, when he taught religion and social studies during the 1983-84 academic year.

Bishop Glancy was joined by Fr. Dan Hall, CSV, Fr. Dan Lydon, CSV, and Fr. Arnold Perham, CSV, who concelebrated the Mass with him.

The Mass was offered as part of the Easter season, and it was in that spirit of new birth and new beginnings that Bishop Glancy offered his homily to the students and faculty.

IMG_9695He encouraged them to continue learning about their faith, attend Mass, to be of service to others, now and for the rest of their lives.

“I drew on the message that I usually give during confirmations,” Bishop Glancy said, “but I think it applies to high school students and to all of us.”

Bishop Glancy is a native of Rock Island, Illinois, and he first met the Viatorians when he attended Alleman High School in Rock Island, where Viatorians made up much of the faculty. He went on to attend Loyola University, but within a year of graduating, he would enter the Viatorian Community.

Over his years in ministry, Bishop Glancy has taught at Colegio San Viator in Bogotá, Colombia and he helped to open the Viatorian mission in Belize in 1998 with Fr. Dan Hall, CSV. His leadership was so strong in Belize, he was ordained bishop of Belize City in 2012. Bishop Glancy returned to this country in 2017 for a sabbatical.

At Saint Viator, he described the student body as being extremely attentive and he added how surprised—and inspired—to see so many students involved in the liturgy, as Eucharistic ministers, cantors, choral and musician members, and even as greeters and those who prepared the altar.

IMG_9704“They all had so much reverence,” Bishop Glancy said. “It was just refreshing to see.”

Mr. Brian Liedlich, president of Saint Viator, added how much it meant to have a Viatorian bishop, and former member of the faculty, come back to celebrate Mass.

“It was such a privilege and pleasure to welcome Bishop Glancy back to Saint Viator to celebrate our Easter liturgy,” Mr. Liedlich said. “We continue to do everything we can to heighten our Viatorian mission and identity at the school.”

Faculty and Students Work Together to Feed the Hungry

IMG_2625A pledge made three years ago by faculty members to work together to provide food for the homeless, continues. But at their latest service project, they joined with students to feed the hungry.

Faculty and students worked side by side at Bessie’s Table in Des Plaines. Housed within the First United Methodist Church of Des Plaines, the 15-year ministry serves a hot dinner, free of charge, to more than 100 people every Monday night.

Church members regularly recruit volunteers to help them. While local businesses donate food and produce every week, the ministry depends on volunteers to help with set-up, serving, and clean-up.

That’s where the Saint Viator students and teachers come in. They were the latest group to pitch in and help.

IMG_2623Faculty members included Dean Deb Scerbicke, Mrs. Mary Lanus, Mrs. Nancy Devroy, Mrs. Rita King and Fr. Dan Lydon, CSV.

Campus Ministry coordinated the service trip for students needing hours serving the marginalized, but they also opened it up to adults.

Increasingly, faculty members are taking part in volunteer service projects, organized by Mrs. King and Fr. Lydon, coordinators of adult faith formation. The year-long program aims to foster personal and spiritual growth through regular service and prayer opportunities.

Typically, faculty members gather once a month in Querbes Hall to put together sack lunches for the homeless served by Catholic Charities in Des Plaines and Journey from PADS to Hope in Palatine.

“Working alongside our students was a great opportunity,” Mrs. King said.

Fr. Lydon enjoyed the experience so much, he plans to return with students in his freshman religion classes, and they may bring faculty members back as part of their Adult Faith Formation program.

After all, the service fulfills part of the Viatorian mission, which is to fight hunger and reach out to “those accounted of little importance.”

Students and Trustees Have a Ball with Clearbrook Bowling

TrusteesDayServiceFor the first time, Saint Viator students combined with members of the board of trustees in a service project, that embodied one of the Viatorians’ core missions: embracing those accounted of little importance.

It took place Saturday when the group turned out to Elk Grove Bowl to help adults served by Clearbrook enjoy an afternoon of bowling, as part of the organization’s Bowling Buddies program.

“It was like a party,” said Julia Vadan ’19, one of nearly one dozen students who participated from Saint Viator’s Justice League and Campus Ministry. “Everyone was cheering and having fun. I was so happy to be a part of it.”

LionsForJusticeJulia helped to get the ball rolling, so to speak, when she designed T-shirts for Clearbrook bowlers, which had been underwritten by Saint Viator’s board of trustees. Each one featured Clearbrook’s Bowling Buddies logo on the front, but with this inscription on the back: “That’s How Saint Viator BOWLS.”

Saint Viator volunteers made an impact, Clearbrook officials said. In all, there were nearly 200 bowlers needing assistance, including the more severely disabled bowlers, who needed help to bowl with the aid of raised, accessible ramps. When Saint Viator volunteers weren’t helping their assigned bowlers, they cheered on the others who bowled on their own.

“Yesterday was one of the greatest days ever for the Clearbrook client bowling league, thanks to our buddies from Saint Viator High School,” declared Clearbrook officials on their Facebook page. “(They are our) friends and neighbors.”

TrusteesService2Trustee and administration members had as much fun as the students, said Mrs. Mary Beth Beiersdorf, in her last year on the board.

“It was so cool seeing how much love was in the room, and seeing our trustees and students working together,” she said. “Literally, it was one of the best days ever. We’re hoping to make it an annual event.”

Saturday’s bowling outing was a part of Campus Ministry’s Loaves & Fishes program, says Ms. Emily Egan, Campus Minister.

“Students pick an organization once a month to pray for at our all-school Masses, learn about in Religions classes, and donate toward the cause in homeroom,” Ms. Egan says. “Then, all students are invited to participate in a service experience with this organization.

TrusteesServiceDay“The goal is for students to have a holistic approach to service,” she adds, “through learning, giving, praying and hands-on experience.”

In the end, students raised $378.04 for three more accessible ramps for the facility, while trustees donated the money for the 200 T-shirts given to all of the participants.

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