On November 20, four Basilian scholastics took an important step in their formation journey as they received their Minor Ministries. Father René Espejel, CSB presided over the installation ceremony at the Chapel of Violetas Provincial House in Puebla, Mexico. The entire Basilian community that ministers in Mexico, including priests, novices and associates, was in attendance as Javier de la Rosa Luna, CSB, Alejandro Estrada Pérez, CSB, Arturo Juan Jerónimo-Cisneros, CSB, and José Alberto Juárez Sandoval, CSB were installed as Ministers of the Acolyte. The Acolyte is instituted to serve at the altar and to assist the priest and deacon. In particular, it... Read More.
St. Michael's students reflect on Remembrance Day following a trip to France to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. These students share what they saw, experienced, and learned this Remembrance Day. The video below was shown to residents of the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre as a part of the Remembrance Day service. It also features Fathers Leo Burns, CSB and Edwin Kline, CSB both residents who have served their countries.... Read More.
A Catholic Goes to the Movies, a collection of thirty-seven film reviews by Father Daniel Callam, CSB will be released by Justin Press in November 2017. The author is the founder and editor of The Canadian Catholic Review. The reviews found in this book were originally published in The Chesterton Review. Father Callam’s witty and insightful analysis of contemporary films seen through the double lens of the Catholic faith and the works of G.K. Chesterton offers the reader an entirely new perspective on an important medium. The films are seen as mirrors of the culture in which they originate and... Read More.
Parishioners of St. Basil’s Catholic Parish and the St. Michael’s community officially welcomed Father Morgan Rice, CSB as the church’s 30th pastor in its 161-year ministry. On Sunday, October 15, the Most Reverend Robert Kasun, CSB, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Toronto, installed Father Morgan Rice, CSB as pastor of St. Basil's Catholic Parish in Toronto, Ontario. Father George Smith, CSB, superior general of the Congregation, presented Father Rice to Bishop Kasun, and Father Norman Tanck, CSB, associate pastor at St. Basil's, read the letter from His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, appointing Father Rice as pastor... Read More.
The Fisher community celebrated the opening of the new Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great with its opening mass and dedication ceremony in Rochester, New York. On Sunday, September 17, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano served as the principal celebrant during the Chapel’s inaugural mass, which included the Rite of Blessing of the Altar. The dedication ceremony was held during the SJFC alumni weekend on Saturday, October 7 and in attendance were the Hermance family, Basilian Fathers, and campus community. The chapel was named for the Basilian Fathers’ patron as a tribute to the Congregation's foresight, dedication, and ongoing service to the St.... Read More.
On Friday, September 29, Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, CSB was honoured by the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois with the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Award. He was recognized for his impact on the people of God by his witness to the importance of building common ground. The recipient embodies the dialogical and consultative approach to leadership of Cardinal Bernardin. In 1982, Bishop Ramírez was tasked with shepherding a new diocese into existence, the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and remains Bishop Emeritus following his resignation in 2013. In his acceptance speech he spoke about the need for open dialogue, "it... Read More.
The Keon House community in Houston, Texas has welcomed many new residents over the summer to create one of the largest and youngest houses in the Congregation. Currently seven priests live in the priests’ residence. The Basilian scholasticate is located in the north wing and houses three associates, three scholastics and three priests. These two communities brought together under one roof are working towards establishing a common identity as one home, while maintaining the distinct characteristics of each community. “Being around so many individuals who are close to each other in the formation process is extremely important. As we get to know each... Read More.
On Saturday, September 23, three organizations affiliated with the Basilian Centre for Peace and Justice raised awareness for a variety of social justice issues through a Blue Scarf Peace Walk. Approximately 40 people, including youth from Camp Micah and Regis College, participated in the walk in Toronto, Ontario sponsored by Camp Micah, Christian Peacemaker Teams, and Pax Christi. The Blue Scarf Movement began in 2008 when a group of women wearing blue scarves gathered in war-torn Kandahar to publicly pray for peace and justice in Afghanistan. The movement continued to grow and today the symbol of the Blue Scarf is... Read More.
St. Michael's College School was deeply honoured to welcome Bishop Robert Kasun, CSB back to St. Mike's as it celebrated the feast of its patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel, on September 29. Bishop Kasun celebrated the Eucharist with the whole school community in a liturgy that included the school's annual recommitment to its mission and vision. This special day also marked the school's 165th birthday. It was a happy homecoming for the Bishop who, as Father Bob Kasun, CSB, had spent his longest appointment in the teaching ministry of Basilian schools at St. Mike's (1980-1987), during which time he taught in... Read More.
Pope Francis’s four day visit to Colombia from September 6-10 included a stop in Medellín, where the Basilian house of formation is located. On Saturday, September 9, over 1.3 million people flocked to Olaya Herrera airport, which was transformed for the celebration of daily mass. Among them was the Basilian community in Medellín, which includes two priests, five scholastics, and three postulants. The scholastics and postulants took part in the celebration by serving as Eucharistic ministers at the mass. To participate in the mass in this way, the Basilian men in formation took part in training sessions in May and... Read More.
St. John Fisher College community has committed to helping their brothers and sisters at the Basilian institutions in Houston, Texas. Students, faculty and staff at both St. Thomas High School and the University of St. Thomas were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. In addition to prayers for those affected by the floods and assisting in relief efforts, St. John Fisher College has launched two initiatives to aid each of these institutions. The first effort will help a physics teacher at St. Thomas High School and his family get back on their feet. The family barely survived Hurricane Katrina, and are staying... Read More.
The recently renovated chapel in the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción in Cali, Colombia will allow the community to come together in worship. The renovations to transform an old police station into a beautiful, prayerful space took approximately a year to complete and depended on funds raised by the Basilians and local community. The new chapel features three locally made stained glass windows. There is also an old stained glass window of the Sacred Heart, which Father Francisco Amico, CSB found in an antique shop when he was in Germany. Upon learning of its purpose, the shop owner... Read More.
Father John Huber, CSB celebrated his silver jubilee of ordination surrounded by the communities that have supported him throughout his priestly ministry. Father Huber currently serves as the president of Catholic Central High School and a councilor on the Congregation’s General Council. The celebrations began on Saturday, August 12 with the celebration of the Eucharist at his home parish of St. Pius X in Rochester, New York, the location of his first mass. Concelebrating were Father Paul Bonacci, the parish pastor; and Basilian Fathers, Fathers Al Cylwicki, CSB and Tom Duggan, CSB. The Mass was followed by a reception that... Read More.
The Basilian Fathers welcomed their confrère, Father Kevin J.V. Mannara, CSB, into the priesthood. On August 5, 2017, The Most Reverend Ronald P. Fabbro, CSB, Bishop of London, Ontario, presided over the Mass of Ordination, held at St. Mary’s Church in Rochester, New York. Many members of the Basilian community were in attendance including Father Kevin’s Basilian confrères, friends, and family; Basilian Lay Associates; parishioners of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Parish, St. Basil's Parish, St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, and St. Mary’s Church; and friends from St. John Fisher College, where Father Kevin will serve as Director of Campus... Read More.
From July 11-25, a group of thirteen peace pilgrims, including Fathers Bob Holmes, CSB and Maurice Restivo, CSB; and Basilian scholastics, Oscar Carbajal García, CSB and Steven Huber, CSB traveled around the Holy Land as a part of the Basilian Centre for Peace and Justice Peace Pilgrimage. The pilgrimage included tours through Jerusalem, Galilee, and Palestine, where in addition to stops at each of the cities’ holy sites, the pilgrims learned of the work of Beatitude people who are non-violently pursuing peace in the conflicted zone. To learn more about the pilgrimage, read the blog about their travels.... Read More.