Fr. Jamie Abercrombie, CSB was honoured with a prestigious Community Service Leadership Award from the Fort Bend County Hispanic Heritage Forum for his work within the community as a Basilian. Fr. Abercrombie was one of five recipients recognized at the Forum’s third annual Community Leadership Award Banquet, held on Thursday, May 16 at the Rosenberg Civic Center in Rosenberg, Texas. Since its founding in 2005, the Forum has awarded over $175,000 in scholarships to Fort Bend County students. Fr. Jamie’s first assignment was at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Rosenberg in 1974, where he faithfully served for many years.... Read More.
The University of St. Thomas, in celebration of its 70th anniversary of founding by the Basilian Fathers, invited Fr. Mario D’Souza, CSB to its campus in Houston, Texas to share his knowledge and insight in a series of lectures. On March 8, Fr. D’Souza delivered a lecture based on his recent book, A Catholic Philosophy of Education: The Church and Two Philosophers. The lecture was preceded by a reception hosted by the President’s Office. On March 9, the Initiative for University Excellence hosted a similar lecture for faculty, staff, and students. On March 10, the Center for Thomistic Studies hosted him as... Read More.
In a special MyOntario edition of Heritage Matters, Kevin Mannara, CSB explores how the term symbolkirchen, a symbol bearing church, applies to Assumption Church. Ontario Heritage Trust invited Ontarians to share stories about places, art and objects, music and poetry with special meaning to them and published some of these stories in its publication. In his article, 'What was and what will be', Kevin Mannara writes, “Assumption Church stood as a symbolkirchen not only for Assumption Catholic Parish, but for the city of Windsor, Ontario and for the Church in Ontario.” Assumption Church has been shuttered since November 2014 due to... Read More.
Basilian scholastics welcomed nine young men who were interested in exploring a vocation to religious life in Houston, Texas. The scholastics led a Vocation Discernment Retreat Day at the new Keon House on Saturday, March 4. The day began with morning prayer, and included presentations on discernment, priesthood, religious life and the vows, the history of the Congregation of St. Basil, and the process of Basilian formation. The day ended with Mass celebrated by Fr. David Bittner, CSB, director of scholastics, in the Keon House Chapel. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="62" gal_title="Vocation Retreat 2017"]... Read More.
For the third year, Basilian scholastics had the opportunity to participate in the largest annual gathering of Catholics in the United States. Basilian scholastics, Oscar Carbajal Garcia, CSB, Steven Huber, CSB, and Kevin Mannara, CSB along with the Fr. Dave Bittner, CSB, director of scholastics, joined over 45,000 Catholics who attended the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California from February 24-26. The conference included 300 workshops by 200 presenters, plus a large exhibit hall, various liturgies, and many cultural opportunities. The scholastics attended a number of workshops including “Fear: the Enemy of Christian Discipleship” and “Franciscan Spirituality of... Read More.
On Monday, February 20, the Basilian community gathered to celebrate the opening of Keon House, the Basilian residence located on the University of St. Thomas campus in Houston, Texas. In addition, several members of the University of St. Thomas faculty, staff, and administration were in attendance, as well as members of the Guild of the Chapel of St. Basil. Visitors were treated to an enjoyable evening of good food and drink and wonderful conversation. The residence, which is named in honour of the late Father James Keon, CSB, a long time Philosophy professor at the University who was deeply loved... Read More.
Once again the two American Basilian high schools were rated among the top Catholic schools in their states. The schools received the following rankings in Niche’s 2017 review: Detroit Catholic Central in Detroit, Michigan Largest Private High Schools in Michigan category #3 of 134 Best Catholic High Schools in Michigan category #1 of 38 Best Private High Schools in Michigan category #6 of 89 St. Thomas High School in Houston, Texas Largest Private High Schools in Texas category #44 of 278 Private High School College Readiness in Texas category #32 of 194 Best Catholic High Schools in Texas category #8 of 45 Schools receive... Read More.
On Thursday, January 26, Basilian scholastic, Oscar Carbajal Garcia, CSB, was installed in the Ministry of Lector during a Mass in the Chapel of Keon House, the new Basilian Fathers Residence at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Father George Smith, CSB, superior general of the Congregation, presided over the Mass and installation. Conferring ministries during formation helps students of the priesthood grow into the life of ministry that they have been called to by God. Lectors are called to meditate more deeply in God’s word, to proclaim the Word of God, and to instruct persons in the faith. Also... Read More.
The Basilian community welcomed three new postulants on January 25, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Osman Enrique de la Oz, Wilson Alberto Timiná, and Andrés Camilo Briñez were received in a private ceremony held at Casa Annonay in Bogotá, Colombia. They will join Marlon Andrés Rincón Moreno, Jheison Helí Martínez Parrado, and Wilmer Andrés Vargas Mazo in a period of training and discernment, under the guidance of Father Oscar Gomez, CSB.... Read More.
At long last, the Basil Bowl brotherhood between Basilian high schools has found the opportunity to rejoice in “the good ole hockey game." Over the weekend of January 13-14, 2017, the Shamrocks of Detroit Catholic Central High School travelled to Toronto to play the Majors of St. Michael's College School, where both teams treated students, parents, and Basilian Fathers to terrific hockey excitement by playing a game on each day and winning a game apiece. Coming to appreciate each other's skills and talents by facing off on the ice was further enhanced and deepened by Shamrocks and Majors as they... Read More.
Saint Basil Coffee has now given one-half million dollars in contributions to the Basilian and other select Catholic missions. The organization surpassed this significant milestone with a recent $5,000 contribution to Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, the Basilian school in Cali, Colombia. To maximize its contributions, Saint Basil Coffee is completely volunteer run with 100 per cent of proceeds from the sale of Saint Basil coffee going to Basilian (primarily) and other select Catholic missions. Since its founding in 2007 by Mary and Jim Boyles, parishioners at St Anne Catholic Church in Houston, Texas, at the request of Father Vince... Read More.
On January 2, the Feast of St. Basil, four Basilian scholastics were installed in the Ministry of the Lector. Father Francisco Amico, CSB presided over the installation ceremony in Colombia. As newly installed Lectors, Javier Higuera CSB, Eduard Padilla CSB, Carlos Rodríguez CSB, and Nelson Timiná CSB are called to meditate more deeply in God’s word, to proclaim the Word of God, and to instruct persons in the faith. Conferring ministries during formation helps students of the priesthood grow into the life of ministry that they have been called to by God.... Read More.
Father Quentin “Q” Johnson, CSB celebrated his 50th Jubilee of ordination on December 10 with a Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Windsor, Ontario, followed by a reception hosted by the Basilian Lay Associates of the Windsor Area. Many of Father Johnson’s former students and colleagues from Assumption College School attended, as well as a variety of friends including those from his current ministries at Amica at Windsor and Devonshire Retirement Residence. Father Maurice Restivo, CSB, presided and Fathers John Huber, CSB; Paul McGill, CSB; Bernard Pinsonneault, CSB; Jim O’Neill, CSB; Joseph Quinn, CSB; Joe Redican, CSB;... Read More.
The month of November has teemed not only with study and learning, but also with lots of Basil Bowl fun and camaraderie in our three North American high schools. For the first time, the St. Thomas Eagles basketball team flew north to play the St. Michael’s College School Blue Raiders in St. Mike’s annual Tip-Off Classic, November 3-5. Almost immediately after this competition, the Blue Raiders flew south for the third consecutive year to play in the annual St. Thomas Invitational Basketball Tournament, November 10-12. Both teams have now entertained and energized each other’s school assemblies with their brother versus... Read More.
The second National Basilian Youth Camp brought together 68 youth from the cities of Cali and Medellín in Colombia. The camp took place at Bethany farm in the municipality of Marinilla, Antioquia from October 14 – 17, 2016. The theme of the camp was “Young Basilian people passionate for the church from the perspective of mercy” and was explored through four talks given by team leaders. Topics included: Who am I? The Basilian young person (Reality, context, problems and possibilities); Merciful leadership (How to lead as Jesus did.); Young people walking with Jesus and learning from Him (We are a... Read More.