Basilians Fathers Host Vocation Retreat in Houston, Texas

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

Windsor Basilian Lay Associates Celebrate Commitments of Two Members

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

University of St. Thomas Gala Honours Basilian Fathers

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

Father Rosica, CSB Presents New Book, "Stay with us..." Encounters with the Risen Lord

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

Three New Basilian Candidates in Cali, Colombia

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

Basilian Scholastics Receive Minor Ministries in Colombia

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

The Vocation of Educators Celebrated at St. John Fisher College

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

Steven Huber, CSB Professes Final Vows in Houston, Texas

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

Basilian Scholastics Installed to the Ministry of Acolyte

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

Residents of Keon House Scholasticate Attend Annual Retreat

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

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