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
Parishioners of St. Basil’s Catholic Parish and the St. Michael’s community officially welcomed Father Morgan Rice, CSB as the church’s 30th pastor in its 161-year ministry. On Sunday, October 15, the Most Reverend Robert Kasun, CSB, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Toronto, installed Father Morgan Rice, CSB as pastor of St. Basil's Catholic Parish in Toronto, Ontario. Father George Smith, CSB, superior general of the Congregation, presented Father Rice to Bishop Kasun, and Father Norman Tanck, CSB, associate pastor at St. Basil's, read the letter from His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, appointing Father Rice as pastor... Read More
The Fisher community celebrated the opening of the new Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great with its opening mass and dedication ceremony in Rochester, New York. On Sunday, September 17, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano served as the principal celebrant during the Chapel’s inaugural mass, which included the Rite of Blessing of the Altar. The dedication ceremony was held during the SJFC alumni weekend on Saturday, October 7 and in attendance were the Hermance family, Basilian Fathers, and campus community. The chapel was named for the Basilian Fathers’ patron as a tribute to the Congregation's foresight, dedication, and ongoing service to the St.... Read More
On Friday, September 29, Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, CSB was honoured by the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois with the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Award. He was recognized for his impact on the people of God by his witness to the importance of building common ground. The recipient embodies the dialogical and consultative approach to leadership of Cardinal Bernardin. In 1982, Bishop Ramírez was tasked with shepherding a new diocese into existence, the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and remains Bishop Emeritus following his resignation in 2013. In his acceptance speech he spoke about the need for open dialogue, "it... Read More
The Keon House community in Houston, Texas has welcomed many new residents over the summer to create one of the largest and youngest houses in the Congregation. Currently seven priests live in the priests’ residence. The Basilian scholasticate is located in the north wing and houses three associates, three scholastics and three priests. These two communities brought together under one roof are working towards establishing a common identity as one home, while maintaining the distinct characteristics of each community. “Being around so many individuals who are close to each other in the formation process is extremely important. As we get to know each... Read More
On Saturday, September 23, three organizations affiliated with the Basilian Centre for Peace and Justice raised awareness for a variety of social justice issues through a Blue Scarf Peace Walk. Approximately 40 people, including youth from Camp Micah and Regis College, participated in the walk in Toronto, Ontario sponsored by Camp Micah, Christian Peacemaker Teams, and Pax Christi. The Blue Scarf Movement began in 2008 when a group of women wearing blue scarves gathered in war-torn Kandahar to publicly pray for peace and justice in Afghanistan. The movement continued to grow and today the symbol of the Blue Scarf is... Read More
St. Michael's College School was deeply honoured to welcome Bishop Robert Kasun, CSB back to St. Mike's as it celebrated the feast of its patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel, on September 29. Bishop Kasun celebrated the Eucharist with the whole school community in a liturgy that included the school's annual recommitment to its mission and vision. This special day also marked the school's 165th birthday. It was a happy homecoming for the Bishop who, as Father Bob Kasun, CSB, had spent his longest appointment in the teaching ministry of Basilian schools at St. Mike's (1980-1987), during which time he taught in... Read More
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
Four Basilian scholastics installed as Ministers of the Acolyte in Puebla, Mexico.
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From the Basilian ministry in Colombia: today the Church invites us to celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Mary and on this day, the Congregation..