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Saint Viator Students Demonstrate ‘Faith in Action’

Golden Rose Award recipients with Bishop Hicks and Rev. Jerry Jacob (photo by Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women).

Golden Rose Award recipients with Bishop Hicks and Rev. Jerry Jacob (photo by Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women).

Four Saint Viator students were recognized last month by members of the Chicago Archdiocese Council of Catholic Women when they received the group’s Golden Rose Award.

The award is bestowed annually to young women who demonstrate leadership and spirituality in their parishes, as well as service to the community.

Recipients included:

  • Emily Goebel ’19 is a member of St. Emily Parish in Mount Prospect. She has served as a cantor, member of the youth and adult choirs, religious education catechist, Vacation Bible School teacher and in liturgical ministry.
  • Maura Hogaboom ’19 is a member of St. James Parish in Arlington Heights. She has served as a retreat leader at Quest and Kairos, Catholic Heart Work Camp, urban immersion, Habitat for Humanity and Vacation Bible School at St. James.
  • Elizabeth Miller ’20 is a member of St. Mary Church in Buffalo Grove. She served as a program leader for confirmation retreats, as well as a peer minister and Catholic youth role model.
  • Kathryn Williams ’19 is a member of St. Alphonsus Ligouri Parish in Prospect Heights. She serves as a Eucharist minister, altar server, youth ministry leader, and parish high school retreat leader.

In reflecting about the award, Emily said she became more active in her parish after joining the children’s choir in sixth grade.

“Someone noticed me and asked me to cantor when I was in eighth grade,” Emily says. “I was really surprised. I had never taken lessons or sung a solo before. I felt really good about that.”

She wound up joining the adult choir and has continued singing and becoming more active in parish ministries ever since. Her parish involvement led to Emily becoming active at Saint Viator, including singing in Music Ministry at school liturgies, participating in choir and in Campus Ministry, as well as performing in the musicals and plays.

“As a cantor, I try to involve people more in the Mass,” Emily says. “I know my involvement in the choir and as a cantor has deepened my faith life.”

Which is exactly why women with the Council of Catholic Women thought it was important to start the Golden Rose Awards.

“In our society, high school women already receive recognition for their academics, sports, and in the arts,” said Evelyn Getty, president. “We felt in today’s world, the importance of recognizing their faith and how that impacts their parish.”

The Council established the award in 2015 and had four girls nominated by their parishes. This year, they had 25 Golden Rose recipients, and of those four attend Saint Viator.

Saint Viator Invites Businesses to Support Summer Work Study & Internship Program

baxendale1Senior Robert Baxendale of Arlington Heights enjoys performing on stage at Saint Viator High School, both in its musicals and fall plays. Consequently, when searching for the right fit in its Summer Work Study & Internship Program, officials found just the ticket: an internship at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights.

Last summer, Robbie operated the spotlight for a variety of stage productions at the theater, which meant learning to follow complicated lighting cues. He also assisted in the marketing department, enabling him to get hands-on experience both behind the scenes of the stage and its administrative departments while earning valuable dollars toward his tuition.

A pair of local businessmen sponsored his internship: Jim Mitchell, a Saint Viator alumnus and owner of Mitchell Marketing as well as attorney Steve Daday, a Saint Viator parent.

Sponsoring students at nonprofit organizations is just one way for business partners to support Saint Viator’s innovative program. The work study program places interns at work sites of participating business partners, who contribute $3,000 toward the student’s tuition.

Saint Viator will host a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 23 in Querbes Hall of the school, for current and prospective business partners to learn more about the program. Participating students and current employers will be on hand to share their experiences.

Tom O’Neill, a 1988 graduate of Saint Viator and CEO of the Würth Group in Vernon Hills, says originally, he wanted to support the program as a way of giving back to his school. After sponsoring his first intern, he realized his company gained far more from their young intern than they expected.

“I have to say, Alex did more for our company than we did for Alex,” O’Neill says of Alex Thorn ’17, who sponsored two interns last summer. “His attitude and willingness to take on new projects changed the culture of our IT department.”

Saint Viator always seeks to add more corporate partners. This year’s list includes Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in Rolling Meadows, Kelleher & Buckley in North Barrington, Midwest Glaucoma Center in Hoffman Estates, MK Industries in Vernon Hills, Rose Packing Company in South Barrington, UHY Advisors, and a CPA firm in Chicago to name a few.

Nonprofits include: Catholic Charities in Des Plaines, Citizens for Conservation in Barrington, Journeys and the Road Home in Palatine and Norwood Crossing in Chicago. Nonprofit jobs are sponsored by generous individuals who cannot provide jobs themselves but want to support the program.

At each site, students work five, eight-hour days for a period of six weeks during the summer. Ideally, Saint Viator tries to pair the student with a company or organization that reflects the student’s interest.

Companies or individuals interested in sponsoring a Saint Viator intern should contact Kirsten Nozime, coordinator of the Summer Work Study and Internship Program. Call her at 847-392-4050, ext. 268, or email svcwsp@saintviator.com.

Here We Come A Caroling, with Adults from St. Coletta’s

7589918208_IMG_4564A record number of students stayed late on Friday to carry on a holiday tradition, that, well, sings.

For a second straight year, students combined with residents of St. Coletta, who live in group homes in the Northwest suburbs, to go Christmas caroling in the neighborhood and relax over cookie decorating and refreshments afterward. It was the fourth year overall that Saint Viator students have caroled in the neighborhood.

The bash was thrown by the Campus Ministry department and drew nearly 100 Saint Viator students and 20 adults from St. Coletta’s. The group was so large, they had to divide into groups for their caroling and spread out across Saint Viator’s surrounding neighborhoods.

Accompanying the students were Mrs. Jean Dziedzic of the Enrollment Department, Mr. Christopher Paolelli, Dean Deb Scerbicke and Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV.

7589885328_IMG_4585“They were a very distinguished looking group of carolers. There was a lot of food and a lot of singing. Everyone had a great time,” said Fr. Bolser, who already says Mass one night a week for St. Coletta residents and looks for ways to bring them together with Saint Viator students.

The night before the outing, members of Saint Viator’s powerlifting team helped serve food at a holiday party held at St. Coletta’s Center in Palatine.

7529057696_IMG_4573“These athletes are truly dedicated to service, which is a core tenant of the Illinois High School Powerlifting Association,” said Mr. Alex Nadolna, strength and conditioning coach who also coaches Saint Viator’s powerlifting team.

The adults served by St. Coletta are in their 40s and 50s and have developmental disabilities. St. Coletta’s of Wisconsin was founded in 1904, and it continues to be inspired by the Franciscan mission of compassion, dignity, and respect, in serving adults with developmental disabilities.

Its main residential facility is located in Jefferson, WI, but St. Coletta’s now serves adults in the Northwest suburbs, who live in 10 homes in the area and attend programs at a resource center in Rolling Meadows.

Sophomore Thanks Veterans, One Wreath at a Time

Ashleigh Jarvis-Flinn ’21 with her mom, Jenn, and her grandmother at her grandfather's, Major Roger “Bud” Flanik, grave.

Ashleigh Jarvis-Flinn ’21 with her mom, Jenn, and her grandmother at her grandfather’s, Major Roger “Bud” Flanik, grave.

Dayton National Cemetery in Ohio reached a record number of sponsorships this year for its annual participation in Wreaths Across America, in part due to the efforts of a Saint Viator sophomore.

Ashleigh Jarvis-Flinn ’21 promoted Wreaths Across America this fall as part of her effort to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. She and her family drove to Dayton on Dec. 15 for the laying of the wreaths ceremony, when nearly 2,700 wreaths were laid on the graves of veterans, including her grandfather’s.

FB_IMG_1544993183272“I’ve been in Girl Scouts since I was in first grade,” Ashleigh says. “Since I’m in high school, I wanted to finish it out. Earning the Gold Award would be the ultimate. It’s the highest award in Girl Scouting.”

Ashleigh started out in a Girl Scout troop based out of St. Hubert’s School, and of those that started with her, six high school students remain involved. They are in Troop 40482, led by Mrs. Joyce Moynihan.

IMG_3448Just last summer, the teens completed the Girl Scout Silver Award and now have set their sights higher. The Gold Award is likened to Boy Scout’s Eagle Award. In order to earn it, girls are challenged to “demonstrate leadership through take-action projects, that have a sustainable impact in their communities and beyond.”

Ashleigh became aware of the Wreaths Across America initiative when her grandfather, Major Roger “Bud” Flanik, an Air Force veteran and former Viet Nam fighter pilot, passed away in 2016. He is buried at the Dayton National Cemetery, home to more than 47,000 veterans.

IMG_7274(1)Wreaths Across America started more than 20 years ago when its founders drew sponsors to purchase Christmas wreaths to lay on the graves of veterans at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington. Currently, more than 1,400 veteran cemeteries take part each year. Their same mission drives them: “to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach children the value of freedom.”

Major Roger J. Flanik

Major Roger J. Flanik

“As a family, we pledged to place a wreath on Grandpa’s headstone,” Ashleigh says, “during the laying of the wreaths ceremony each year.”

That’s when she realized she could advance the project’s mission and make a larger impact on her own community and the veteran community.

Ashleigh began her project last fall when she set out to fundraise for more wreaths to place at the graves of veterans at the Dayton National Cemetery. She began by designing a website that educates visitors about Wreaths for America and her own personal story, of her grandfather’s heroism.

She then promoted her project through Facebook and other social media outlets, and wound up earning enough for 60 wreaths, and thus helping the cemetery reach a record this year.

FB_IMG_1544993188581“What touched my heart was knowing that each time a wreath is placed upon a grave,” Ashleigh said, “that a veteran’s name is said out loud. What a perfect way to honor and validate that they still matter to us, and will never be forgotten.”

To read more about Wreaths Across America and Ashleigh’s late grandfather, click here.

Welcome Home, Br. John Eustice, CSV

EusticeFr. Dan Hall, CSV and the Provincial Council of the Clerics of St. Viator have announced that Br. John Eustice, CSV will be returning to Saint Viator High School beginning next semester.

He will be moving into the position of Vice President of Mission and Viatorian Identity. Br. John has been working in Bourbonnais, Illinois, with youth ministry and young adult ministry. He will continue to fill the role of Director of Vocations for the Province of Chicago.

Br. John will fill the role vacated by Fr. Fall on his election as Provincial of the Chicago Province.

Welcome home, Br. John.

Illinois State Scholars Announced

The latest group of Illinois State Scholars was announced and Saint Viator High School seniors were well represented.

Each year, Illinois State Scholars represent the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 765 high schools across the state. Earning this distinction means the student has scored in the 95th percentile or above on the ACT or SAT, and ranks in the top half of the class.

Congratulations to the following:

Battin, Ritarose
Baxendale, Robert
Bopp, Kevin
Bosshart, Allison
Bullock, Owen
Castellese, Grace
Chang, Grace
Constertina, Thomas
Crandall, Ian
Crane, Margaret
Crawford, Timothy
Doherty, Nolan
Douglas, Colin
Durso, Nicole
Evans, Zachary
Faber, Allison
Gallant, Nicole
Gao, Zibin
Garland, Matteo
Gattuso, Thomas
Haas, Anna
Halblander, Fabian
Hankinson, Sara
Higginson, Hannah
Hogaboom, Maura
Hohlweg, Nikolas
Jedziniak, Meirose
Kaiser, Cecilia
Lannie, Marcus
Lavender, Caroline
Ledesma, Hernando
Licari, Gianna
Lim, Kentaro
Liu, Yiran
McCaulley, Nicholas
McCormick, Kelsey
McDonnell, Payton
McMahon, Colleen
McManaman, Matthew
Melone, Sarah
Miller, Patricia
Napoleon, Kelsey
Niesman, John
O’Neill, Liam
Peters, Nathan
Puccini, Brooke
Purk, Michael
Quinn, Katherine
Rapala, Matthew
Reisinger, Edwin
Resch, Kiana
Riley, William
Ruben, Michael
Russo, Blaise
Rygiel, Grace
Sadowski, Brandon
Schafer, Jaden
Schwabe, Alexandra
Shi, Jiayu
Sloan, Bridget
Song, Wenjie
Sordo-Palacios, Amalia
Sosin, Arthur
Surdo, Nicholas
Thompson, Daniel
Turzitti, Joseph
Vadan, Julia
Versen, Cassidy
Walberg, William
Walker, Madison
Wang, Luyao
Wang, Zhuoxuan
Warner, Conor
Warren, Julie
Wilhite, Kevin
Xiao, Yao
Yang, Wenhan
Yu, Sumin

Holiday Giving Nears Record for Payton Toy Drive

file-6It’s a wrap! Saint Viator families once again gave generously to a holiday toy drive that has a long tradition in the school: the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation Holiday Gift Drive.

The drive is named for Hall of Fame Chicago Bear and former Saint Viator parent, Walter Payton. His son, Jarrett, graduated from Saint Viator in 1999 and he continues to be an ambassador for the school.

For the last 14 years, Saint Viator students have worked to help the foundation distribute toys to children in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, as well as individual families and the families of veterans in need

This year, Emma Abrahamian ’19, Tara Valentino ’20 Jack Ziebka, ’21, Maeve McDonough, ‘22 and Jasmyn Alaba ‘22 led the drive as class leaders. Together with ICC Co-Presidents Maura Hogaboom ’19 and Danny Thompson ’19, they began fundraising for the project as far back as Halloween.

According to Mrs. Anne Marie Lowery and Mrs. Cathy Abrahamian, who moderated the drive, students and faculty raised nearly $2,500. From those funds, each class was able to purchase toys while faculty members purchased new bicycles.

Students and their families also donated individual toys and stuffed animals. In fact, it was a common sight to see teens walking into school with bags of gifts.

“So many students came to school in the morning with their Target, Kohl’s, or Walmart bags,” Mrs. Lowery said, “and placed their purchased items in the collection boxes, with pride.

“As we sorted through them I was so proud to see the variety of items,” she added. “It was clear that they had put great care into choosing a present a child would enjoy.”

When the drive ended on Nov. 30, students and their families had filled 25 large boxes of toys and seven bicycles, including two which were donated. Last week, on the delivery date, student leaders filled four pick-up trucks, two cars and an SUV to the brim with toys.

For Mrs. Lowery, who is in her first year as Student Activities Director at Saint Viator, she was amazed at just how much students got into the drive and worked to make Christmas merry for other children.

“Their spirit of generosity,” Mrs. Lowery said, “just blew me away.”

Congratulations to all Mu Alpha Theta Inductees

20181115_192010Last month, Saint Viator held its second annual Mu Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony.

Mu Alpha Theta is a national math honor society that was formed in 1957 at the University of Oklahoma. The society is dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school and two-year college students.

Congratulations to the following students for distinguishing themselves in mathematics by achieving top grades and by participating in
math competitions:
Elise Bollard ’20
Andrew Bremner ’20
Shiyun Cheng ’20
Thomas Consterina ’19
Alexandra Marie DiMarco ’20
Yunrui Huang ’19
Chenhong Huang ’20
Daniel Kim ’20
Yinan Lyu ’20
Bryce McDonnell ’20
Katherine McManaman ’20
Yewon Moon ’20
Nate Peters ’19
Jooyoung Ryu ’20
Nicholas Surdo ’19
Jianziang Tao ’20
Xiwei Yuan ’20
Yi Zhu ’19

Special thanks to Marcus Lannie, Matthew McManaman and Sumin Yu for assisting with the induction ceremony.

Saint Viator Sophomore Spends Unforgettable Thanksgiving in Swaziland

IMG_0611Olivia Gauthier ’21 has volunteered every year with her family and Saint Viator classmates at Feed My Starving Children, but now she has seen her experience packing nutritious meal packs for children, come full circle.

Olivia recently returned from spending 10 days in Swaziland, located in southern Africa. This developing country faces major economic and health issues, starting with having the highest HIV rate in the world, leading to an estimated 200,000 orphans.

She traveled with her mother, Feliza, who is a dentist, as well as other extended family members, including an uncle who is a doctor, and an aunt who is a scientist. However, theirs was not a medical mission. Instead, they traveled to volunteer.

“We really only made one homestead visit,” Olivia explains, adding that homesteads were thatched roof houses that sheltered entire, extended families. “Mostly we worked in teams at the orphanage, at Project Canaan.”

In preparation for her trip, Olivia read “It’s Not OK With Me,” and its sequel, “Is It OK With You?” Both were written by Janine Maxwell, who with her husband, Ian, started Heart for Africa, a faith-based organization focused on bringing hope to the people of Swaziland in the areas of hunger, orphans, poverty and education.

IMG_1123The organization’s biggest project is Project Canaan, a 2,500-acre large-scale land development. It features multiple approaches to sustainable farming, as well as an orphanage and school for orphans and vulnerable children.

“Right now there are 214 orphans there,” Olivia says, “and of those more than 100 are babies. All of them come from terrible conditions. Their scars from abuse are terrible.”

IMG_1521Yet, working with the children was her favorite part of the trip, Olivia says. She now hopes to earn a medical degree and one day go back to Swaziland to treat these children and better their lives.

“They were all so happy and friendly,” Olivia says. “They all would come running up to you and hug you.”

During her stay, Olivia worked with a team of volunteers, doing everything from helping with the care of the children to organizing curriculum packets for their classrooms. During their one homestead visit, she helped out with wellness visits and passed out MannaPacks like the ones she had filled at Feed My Starving Children.

“All the children recognized the packs, and were really excited to get one,” Olivia said. “It really hit home for me. I felt like I had come full circle.”

IMG_0959Now back in her classes at Saint Viator, Olivia says her hands-on mission in Swaziland was in part living out the Viatorian charism, of “reaching out to those accounted of little importance.”

“As a member of Student Council, I’m trying to work out some sort of service project we can do,” Olivia says. “I’m also hoping to work with Campus Ministry to make (Heart for Africa) a Loaves and Fishes collection recipient.”

The entire trip made her appreciate just how much she has in this country, she says, but she also knows that she has a responsibility to help these children.

This much she knows: “I definitely want to go back.”

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.”

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