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Interactive Format Drives Success of Night of the Lion Gala

The Night of the Lion gala took a slightly different twist this year, when committee members, led by Mr. Dave Hogaboom and Mrs. Colleen Gaughan, chose not to single out one honoree. Instead, they loosened up the format, offering an interactive night centered around giving, friendship and fun.

Guests gathered in the lobby of the Mahoney Court, where they perused the silent auction and caught up with one another in a party atmosphere that played out in the school’s colors of red, white and blue.

“It’s all about the Lions,” said Nancy Sexton, who led the decorating committee. “Let’s celebrate the culture.”

Once they moved into the Mahoney Court, the gym sparkled in the same color scheme, decked out with balloons, flowers and special lighting effects, while the Cahill Gymnasium featured decadent food stations, from carved meats to seafood, kabobs and sushi.

“I love the new layout this year,” said Jennifer Pretto. “The rooms just flow from one to another.”

At the heart of the night was fundraising to make a Catholic education accessible to more students. A pair of seniors, Kevin Goss and Jeremy Yoder, underscored why that mission matters.

The two tag-teamed during an engaging address to the crowd of nearly 250 guests, describing how they had begun coming to the school as young children, following in the paths of their older siblings.

They went on to describe their own experience as students themselves, detailing the many activities they have become involved, and it was impressive.

“Essentially, I’ve grown up with Viator,” Kevin said “and I’m incredibly grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to receive a Catholic education and participate in the Saint Viator community.”

Mr. Brian Liedlich, president of the school, thanked guests for their support of Saint Viator’s tuition assistance program.

“This year, we have budgeted a record $1.65 million for financial aid, in response to a larger than ever number of applications for assistance,” Mr. Liedlich said. “We know that 30 percent of our student body would not be able to attend Saint Viator High School without assistance.”

He closed his remarks, recalling a quote from the founder of the Viatorians, Fr. Louis Querbes, that captured the evening’s mission.

“People are bolder when they’re doing God’s work,” he said. “Tonight, through your support, we’re doing God’s work.”

Watch the full Paddle Raise speech below.


Meet the Gatekeeper of the Viatorian Mission at Saint Viator High School: Fr. Dan Hall, C.S.V.

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.

As Fr. Dan Hall, C.S.V., prepares his classwork for the upcoming semester—and the special teams players he will coach in varsity football—he looks ahead to an added role this year: Vice President of Viatorian Identity and Mission.

“I admit, it’s a lot of hats to wear,” Fr. Hall says with a smile.

He describes his new role as something of a spiritual advisor to the administrative team. Within that context, Fr. Hall will coordinate aspects of Campus Ministry, the religion department, and outreach initiatives—to make sure they reflect the Viatorian mission.

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

Fr. Hall entered the Viatorian Community nearly 35 years ago—after a distinguished military career—and he celebrated 28 years of priesthood in May. He has been a member of the Saint Viator faculty for 15 years, including serving as chair of the social studies department.

He also taught and coached for two years at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas and he helped establish the Viatorian mission in Belize, starting in 1998.

This semester Fr. Hall will teach sections of U.S. History, Global Economics and Contemporary World Issues, along with his administrative role.

Beyond his longevity, Fr. Hall is ideally suited to further the Viatorian identity and mission within the school. Along with serving as a teacher and coach, he plays a key role on the leadership team of the Viatorians, as a member of the Provincial Council and he serves on the board of governors of Saint Viator High School.

“We created this position to guarantee that the Viatorian identity continues to flourish,” says Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, provincial, “and that our mission guides everything we do here at Saint Viator High School.”


Meet the new President of Saint Viator High School, Mr. Brian Liedlich.


Awards, Ovations and Tributes: 2016 Night of the Lion Also Raises Funds for Scholarship & Grant Program


Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV and Fr. Corey Brost, CSV.

The Night of the Lion fundraiser for Saint Viator High School turned out to be a historic event last month. It started with a tribute to its president, Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, who announced in November that he will pursue a ministry in peace and justice at the end of his three-year term.

“You have had a passion for the ministry of a president that all of us have witnessed,” Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, provincial and president of the board of governors. “Your passion for teaching students has called them to something greater, and for your passion and leadership, we thank you.”

Fr. Brost drew a standing ovation from the crowd gathered at the Stonegate Conference and Banquet Centre in Hoffman Estates. He described his years at Saint Viator as an “incredible blessing.”

“It’s so important that we are here tonight to celebrate the excellence that is Saint Viator High School,” Fr. Brost said. “We form kids in faith and service—as well as in academics.”


Brian Liedlich.

“I am a better man, a better religious and a better priest because of the kids, parents and supporters here at Saint Viator High School,” he added. “I have seen the face of God in these students, and I will be eternally grateful.”

Fr. von Behren also introduced the incoming president, Mr. Brian Liedlich, a sitting member of the board of trustees, former administrator, and current parent.

“We were able to find not just a good person, but the right person,” Fr. von Behren said.

The evening also showcased a pair of distinguished alumni. Dr. Mildred Olivier, a 1978 Sacred Heart of Mary graduate and ophthalmologist, introduced them. Dr. Olivier herself received the award in 2012 for her work in Haiti in preventing glaucoma—and blindness—in the Third World country.


Kate Costello ’70, Dr. Mildred Olivier ’78, and Chuck Heinrich ’65.

She introduced Chuck Heinrich, class of 1965, first. He worked as a police officer in Arlington Heights for 21 years before serving another 20 years as an air marshal for the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Homeland Security. He, too, received a standing ovation.

“Along with other Viatorian alumni, we share a very special pedigree,” Heinrich said. “When you’re a Lion, you’re a Lion for life.”

Mrs. Kate Costello received the second alumni award. She has directed fall plays and musicals at Saint Viator High School for 17 years, giving back to the same theater program and stage where she got her own start.

Mrs. Costello described her job as a labor of love, especially when she works with a student who’s not the star, and might be having trouble communicating or fitting in.


F. Michael Covey III and Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV.

“My real reward is the opportunity to try and work small miracles every day with the young men and women at Saint Viator High School,” Mrs. Costello said.

Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, a former president of Saint Viator, introduced the recipient of the first Loyal Hearts Leadership Award, Frank M. Covey, Jr. Mr. Covey, who passed away in 2012, helped guide the merger of Sacred Heart of Mary and Saint Viator into a co-educational institution as its first board president.

“Frank was a great servant leader,” Fr. Bolser said, “who gave us vision—and hope.”

In accepting his award, his son, F. Michael Covey III announced the formation of the Frank M. Covey Jr. Endowment for Faculty Fund to be set up at the school.


Steve Cashman and Fr. Corey Brost, CSV.


“Faith, family, and education,” Mr. Covey said. “Those are the values my dad instilled in us and they continue to guide us to this day.”

Members of the Cashman Stahler Group of architects received the first Lion Business Partner Award. The Lombard-based architecture company has helped shape the modern footprint of Saint Viator High School, transforming everything from its Boler Center fieldhouse and classrooms, to its new Querbes Hall dining center, fine arts facilities, and Academic Commons.

“They have gone above and beyond,” said Steve Burks, director of building and grounds, “in supporting and embracing the mission of Saint Viator High School.”



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