Basilians Celebrate Opening of Keon House

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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

Basilian High Schools Ranked Among Top Catholic Schools

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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

Vocation Discernment Retreat on March 4 in Houston, Texas

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The Basilian Fathers are hosting a Vocation Discernment Retreat open to men who are high school seniors or older and are interested in exploring a vocation to religious life. The retreat will take place from Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Keon House, the new Basilian Fathers residence at the University of St. Thomas. It will be a reflective time to explore God’s call. This retreat is free of charge. To sign up, or for more information, please contact Steven Huber, CSB, at hubers@stthom.edu.... Read More

Oscar Carbajal Garcia Installed in the Ministry of Lector

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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

Basilians Welcome New Postulants in Colombia

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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

Basilian High Schools "Faceoff" in Latest Basil Bowl

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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 Raises $500,000 for Basilian and Other Catholic Missions

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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

Basilian Scholastics Receive Minor Ministries in Colombia

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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 “Q” Johnson, CSB Celebrates 50 Years of Priestly Service

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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

Basil Bowl Activities Continue this November

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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

Basilian Youth Camp Brings Together Youth from Colombian Cities

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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

Instituto de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Ranked Among Top 40 Schools in Cali, Colombia

Congratulations to El Instituto de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (INSA) on being recognized as one of the top 40 schools in Cali, Colombia. The study, which placed INSA in the 24th spot, was completed by Sapiens Research and includes results from the Saber standardized test. This year, INSA celebrates 24 years of providing quality education to the disadvantaged youth of Cali in the Basilian tradition of goodness, discipline, and knowledge. The results of this study prove its graduates are well prepared for university and to be agents of change in their communities. To view the results, click here.... Read More

Help Saint Basil Coffee Reach $500,000 in Contributions

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Saint Basil Coffee is excited to reach a major milestone in its mission to help those most in need to rise out of poverty. Since its founding in 2007, it has made contributions totaling $492,000 and is looking to reach one-half million dollars ($500,000) in the near future. The organization was founded by Mary and Jim Boyles, parishioners at St Anne Catholic Church in Houston, Texas, at the request of Father Vince Thompson, CSB, who wanted to find a way to provide much needed financial support to the Basilian missions, particularly those in Colombia. This coincided with Pope John Paul... Read More

WATCH: Remembering The Confrères Who Served

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This Remembrance Day, residents of the Cardinal Flahiff Centre remember all those who answered the call to serve including its residents: Fathers Howard Keon, CSB, Edwin Kline, CSB; and Jack Hurley, CSB. Basilians share and reflect on letters written by five of their confrères who served overseas as military chaplains in WWII. The Basilian community mourns the loss of their confrère, Fr. Howard Keon, who passed away on November 1. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and is remembered for his dedication to his ministry and service to his country. Music: http://www.bensound.com... Read More

Camp Micah Prepares Young People to be Peace and Justice Leaders

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In late August, about 60 young people nurtured their call to leadership for peace and justice as they took part in Camp Micah. This year, the ecumenical camp has become inter-faith as it welcomed nine young refugees of Muslim faith. Participants were welcomed to Algonquin Territory by Mireille Lapointe, former Chief of the Ardoch First Nations, and her daughter, Marjolaine. Later, Father Bob Holmes, CSB, as the Prophet Micah, reminded participants that “God asks only this – love tenderly, act justly and walk humbly with your God.” Throughout the first day, youth learned that to love tenderly involves practicing to... Read More