On August 5, 2017, the Congregation of St. Basil, also known as the Basilian Fathers, celebrates the ordination of Kevin J.V. Mannara, CSB. The Mass of Ordination will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Rochester, New York at 9:30 a.m. “I am humbled and honored to serve the Mission of Christ as a priest in the Congregation of St. Basil. The support of Father George Smith and my confrères have brought me to this moment; I’m confident that God will continue to teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge through them,” said Mannara. As a newly ordained priest, Mannara will... Read More.
Educators and administrators from four Basilian schools came together in their common mission to engage in their ongoing formation as Catholic educators and to promote Basilian education within their schools. Representatives from Catholic Central High School, Instituto de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, St. Michael’s College School, and St. Thomas High School gathered in Detroit, Michigan for the Basilian Network for Education and the New Evangelization (BNENE) conference held at Catholic Central from July 11-13. Father Mario D’Souza, CSB, executive director of the BNENE committee, delivered the welcoming address and introduced the theme of this year’s conference, ‘the Religious Dimension... Read More.
July 13, 2017 - Fr. George Smith, CSB, chair of the Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gordon Perrault as the Executive Director of Presentation Manor for Seniors, effective August 1, 2017. At the time of his appointment, Mr. Perrault had been serving as Senior Executive Director of a privately held senior living corporation in Toronto. Prior to this position he had held the positions of Director of Business Development at Compass Group Healthcare--Senior Living; and Regional Director, Operations, Chartwell Retirement Residences (Formerly Allegro Residences). With increasingly responsible positions in the field of Senior Living... Read More.
The Basilian community in Colombia gathered in Cali, Colombia to mark 30 years of Basilian ministry in the country. Basilian Fathers and scholastics participated in a retreat that focused on recognizing the realities of the Congregation within a post-conflict country. The retreat was led by Fathers Francisco Amico CSB, Rafael Lopera, CSB, and Roberto Seguín, CSB, who were apart of the first Basilian community in Colombia. In 1987, the Basilian Fathers undertook their mission in Colombia. Initially their work was centered in Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, a parish in a poor neighbourhood of Cali. Today the ministry of Basilians... Read More.
July 7, 2017 - After working with our accountants, our lawyers, and the FBI, the Congregation of St. Basil (Basilian Fathers) can confirm that the financial accounts of St. Joseph’s Centre in Sugar Land, Texas were the subject of the fraudulent activity during the months leading up to October 2016. These accounts fund the charitable apostolic ministries of the Congregation in Mexico and Colombia known as the Basilian Fathers Missions. Since last October, we have been working closely with our lawyers and accountants to put in place further safeguards to ensure that all of our accounts are secure. We want... Read More.
The Basilian community celebrated 250 combined years of priestly ministry on Thursday, June 29, 2017. The occasion was marked by a Mass held in the Chapel of the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Father Richard Elmer, CSB, who is celebrating his 60th anniversary of ordination, served as the chief celebrant. He was joined by concelebrants Fathers John Fiore, CSB and Owen Lee, CSB, who are also celebrating their 60th anniversaries; and Father Jack Wilson, CSB who is celebrating his 70th anniversary. Historically, the Congregation of St. Basil ordained its priests on June 29, the feast of St. Peter... Read More.
Basilian scholastics from Colombia, Mexico, and the United States came together in prayer, learning, and recreation at the Tercer Encuentro de Escolasticos Basilianos or the Third Encounter of the Basilian Scholastics. From June 13-21, thirteen scholastics and their formators gathered at the seminary in Tehuacán, Mexico. Father George Smith, CSB welcomed the guests with an address that highlighted how they are called to be priests who are educators and this can occur in many different forms. The scholastics were joined by Father Roberto Rojas, CSB, the Pastor of the Basilian Parish of San Lorenzo in Tehuacán, who spoke about the... Read More.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish bids farewell to Fr. Morgan Rice, CSB as he prepared to move to Toronto, Ontario for his appointment to St. Basil’s Catholic Parish. On Saturday, May 20, the Parish staff gifted Fr. Rice a clock and pen set and sock of the month club. On Monday, June 5, St. Kateri School students, faculty and staff shared their memories of the Fr. Rice during morning prayer; some favourites included Fr. Rice greeting students as St. Nicholas on the feast day, teaching line dancing, and blessing the animals on the Feast of St. Francis. Faith formation catechists and... Read More.
Fr. Chris Valka, CSB expressed his gratitude to the parishioners of St. Basil’s Church in Toronto, Ontario, where he has faithfully served for the past four years. On Tuesday, June 6, St. Basil’s Catholic Parish gathered for a Mass of Thanksgiving and farewell reception. Fr. Valka was joined by eleven concelebrants, many of whom were Basilian Fathers. In his homily he describes his time at St. Basil’s as hard, but not a burden because through the privilege of joining parishioners in their journeys he learned to love better. The Mass was followed by a potluck reception that showcased the recent parish... Read More.
On Tuesday, June 6, the gold-plated copper cross was raised nearly 100 feet and placed atop of the new Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great at St. John Fisher College. The College community gathered to celebrate this milestone in the Chapel’s construction. The ceremony included remarks by President Gerard J. Rooney, Jack Palvino (a member of the Pioneer Class of 1955), and Deacon Kevin Mannara, CSB who will serve as the College’s director of campus ministry. The Chapel, expected to open in fall 2017, honours the commitment of the Basilian Fathers to the College and will provide the Fisher... Read More.
The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (PIMS) recognized Fr. Donald Finlay’s, CSB years of service to the Institute as its librarian by naming the reference room in his honour. A reception was held in the newly named Donald F. Finlay Reference Room in the John Kelly Library in Toronto, Ontario on Monday, June 5; the celebration coincided with Fr. Finlay’s 81st birthday. In attendance were members of the PIMS board of governors; faculty and staff of PIMS and the University of St. Michael’s College; Fr. Finlay’s brother, John Finlay, with his family; and members of the Congregation of St. Basil.... Read More.
Fr. Henry Carr, CSB ensured that Canadian Catholic higher education remained just as relevant in the 21st century as it was in the early 20th century by placing an importance on friendship, liberal arts, and academic excellence. These three lessons were shared by Fr. George Smith, CSB, superior general, in his address at the dedication ceremony to recognize the national historic significance of Fr. Henry Carr. On November 29, 2012, the former Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, The Honourable Peter Kent, announced plans to recognize Fr. Henry Carr. These plans culminated in a dedication ceremony... Read More.
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.