The Basilian Fathers welcomed four young men who were interested in exploring a vocation to religious life in Houston, Texas. The Basilian Fathers of Keon House and the Scholasticate in Houston, Texas hosted a vocation retreat from Friday, March 2 to Saturday, March 3 in Keon House at the University of St. Thomas. The four candidates came to know the Basilians in a variety of ways, with one journeying from as far away as Rochester, New York. In a relaxed atmosphere, Father Jeff Thompson, CSB facilitated discussion on the priesthood and religious life and Eduardo Rivera, CSB spoke on the... Read More.
Basilian Lay Associates of Windsor Area celebrated the commitments of two new members at McEwan campus of Assumption Parish in Windsor, Ontario on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The occasion was marked with a Mass celebrated by Father Maurice Restivo, CSB. The commitments of Claude Marchand and Marilyn Morrison were received by Father Paul McGill, CSB, ordained Windsor coordinator. All of the Windsor BLAs were in attendance as well as members of the Assumption Parish. Claude knew of the Basilians through his work in the prison ministry in Windsor and his children attended Assumption High School. When his home parish, Holy... Read More.
The 68th annual University of St. Thomas “Light the Way” Mardi Gras Gala paid tribute to the Basilian Fathers’ 118-year legacy in Houston, Texas. The choice of honouree was especially fitting as the event raised nearly $850,000 for student scholarships. Similarly, the Congregation continues to demonstrate its commitment to educate all, especially those who may not be able to afford to attend a private Catholic university. Scholarship funds were also designated for select students who attend St. Thomas High School and St. Anne School. A Houston Strong Paddle Challenge brought enhanced aid in the form of scholarships to the CeltCare students... Read More.
Join Father Thomas Rosica, CSB as he presents the Resurrection of Jesus through a reading of the four Gospels, but not so much as narrated or told in scripture, but proclaimed anew in our day. The presentation will feature his new book, "Stay with us..." Encounters with the Risen Lord. The book is also available in French, titled “Reste avec nous…” Rencontres avec le Seigneur ressuscité. Both books are available for purchase through Novalis. The book launch will be held on Tuesday, March 6 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Basil’s Parish, Macrina Hall, 50 St. Joseph Street, Toronto Ontario. Please... Read More.
The Basilian community recently welcomed three young men as candidates. Jhoan Esteban Rojas Parra, Yeison Eduardo Salasar, and Juan Andres Vasquez Gutierrez informally joined the Basilian community in Cali, Colombia on January 30. For about six months they will help in the local parish and school, Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. This allows them the opportunity to come to know the Basilian Way of Life in preparation to continue in their formation journeys as postulants. These young men came to know the Congregation in a variety of ways. Jhoan heard about the community through a friend of his mother who cooks... Read More.
On January 30, three Basilian scholastics received their minor ministries in Medellín, Colombia. Father Francisco Amico, CSB, regional superior in Colombia, installed Javier Higuera Orjuela, CSB, Eduard Alberto Padílla Moncada, CSB, and Carlos Arturo Rodríguez Marciales, CSB as ministers of the Acolyte. The local community gathered in the San Basilio Parish to witness this important step in their formation journey.... Read More.
St. John Fisher College celebrated the vocation of educators on the Feast of St. John Bosco on January 31. Father George Smith, CSB, Superior General of the Congregation, presided and preached at a Mass held in the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. St. John Bosco is one of the Basilians’ patron saints and was chosen for his dedication to educating disadvantaged youth. The Mass and reception that followed were co-sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry and the Ralph C. Wilson School of Education. In attendance were several St.... Read More.
The Basilian community rejoices as one of its men in formation commits himself perpetually to the Congregation. On Saturday, January 20, Steven Huber, CSB professed his final vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. “Regardless of where I end up ministering, my life as a Basilian gives me a unique opportunity to share the love of God with all the people that I meet. This has been the most rewarding aspect of my time with the Basilians thus far, and I pray that it will continue... Read More.
On January 19, Basilian scholastics, Oscar Carbajal García, CSB and Eduardo Ivan Rivera, CSB, were invested with the Minor Ministry of Acolyte, which represents a significant milestone in their journeys towards priesthood. Father George Smith, CSB, superior general of the Congregation presided over the ceremony held at the Keon House in Houston, Texas. Acolytes are called to assist the priest and deacon at the Altar and to distribute Holy Communion, both at Mass and to the sick. 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.
For the Basilian scholastics in Houston, Texas, the middle of their academic year is marked by the annual retreat. This year the retreat was held at the Spiritual Retreat Center near Victoria, Texas. In attendance were all of the residents of the Keon House Scholasticate, including scholastics: Oscar Carbajal García, CSB, Steven Huber, CSB, and Eduardo Rivera, CSB; and priests: Father David Bittner, CSB, Father Ronald Schwenzer, CSB, and Father Richard Wahl, CSB. Father Thomas Rosica, CSB led the group in multiple discussions that centered on two specific Christmas stories including the Epiphany and the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. By focusing... Read More.
The Basilian community was blessed to conclude 2017 by rejoicing as two of their confrères perpetually committed themselves to the Congregation of St. Basil. On Saturday, December 30, Alejandro Estrada Pérez, CSB and José Alberto Juárez Sandoval, CSB professed their final vows in the Church of San Lorenzo in Tehuacán, México. Father René J. Espejel, CSB, superior in México, presided over the celebrations and Father Paul Walsh, CSB, director of scholastics, gave the homily. Father George Smith, CSB, superior general of the Congregation, received the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. This important step into religious life represents three essential... Read More.
As per the late Father Leo Hetzler, CSB’s wishes, Our Lady of Guadalupe came to the Chapel at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. The Basilian Fathers of St. John Fisher College commissioned a painting by iconographer Minhhang K. Huynh in honour of the beloved English professor to hang in the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great. The occasion was marked by a Mass celebrated by Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, CSB, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Sunday, December 10, two days before the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The... Read More.
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.