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 with six children barely survived Hurricane Katrina,... 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.
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 Most Reverend Ronald P. Fabbro, CSB, Bishop of London, Ontario, will preside at the Mass of Ordination, 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... 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 members 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.