Congratulations to Fr. Thomas Dugan, CSB, who was awarded St. John Fisher College’s President's Medal for his Service to the Basilian Missions. The award was presented by President Gerald J. Rooney, at the 63rd Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, May 13 in Rochester, New York. The award recognizes the 50 years he dedicated to parishes in Mexico. Born in Rochester in 1929, Fr. Dugan is a graduate of the Aquinas Institute, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto. He studied theology at St. Basil’s Seminary, also located in Toronto, and was ordained in... Read More.
It was promising all along to be another fun annual Father & Son event at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto, Ontario, with no shortage of games and activities on campus, and no end to the intoxicating aromas and succulent delicacies drawing crowds to the barbecue zone. But it rained, and it was cold. No matter, they came anyway! In fact, they came from as far away as Detroit Catholic Central High School, both Varsity and Junior Varsity lacrosse teams and coaches, to play their brothers at St. Michael’s on Saturday, May 6, in the seventh Basil Bowl of this... Read More.
As a Basilian moves through the process of initial formation, a key moment is the profession of final vows, when he makes a permanent commitment to the Congregation and the Church. The ordination to the diaconate usually follows close upon final profession; a Basilian is ordained to a ministry of service. Kevin Mannara, CSB celebrated these two moments in the Chapel of the Cardinal Flahiff Centre on April 21 and 22, 2017. The vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience were received by Fr. George Smith, CSB, superior general of the Congregation. Bishop Kasun, CSB presided at his first ordination as Kevin... Read More.
In the spirited life of the three North American high schools and their united Basil Bowl brotherhood, another first-ever experience has recently been the occasion of proud triumph and happy celebration. On Saturday, April 8, the alumni of Catholic Central High School, St. Michael's College School, and St. Thomas High School, who are currently studying at the University of Notre Dame gathered together for a unique reunion in common that quickly began calling itself “St. Basil's Boys.” Some alumni from each of the three schools had already met each other in their classes, but here was the first opportunity for all... Read More.
The Congregation of St. Basil calls Kevin Joseph Victor Mannara, CSB to Final Profession and the Order of Deacon. You’re invited to join the Basilian community and watch these events live online through the Basilian’s YouTube page: Mass of Final Profession – Friday, April 21, 2017 at 4 p.m. EST Ordination to the Diaconate – Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. EST... Read More.
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.