Fr. Jamie Abercrombie, CSB Receives Community Service Award

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Fr. Jamie Abercrombie, CSB was honoured with a prestigious Community Service Leadership Award from the Fort Bend County Hispanic Heritage Forum for his work within the community as a Basilian. Fr. Abercrombie was one of five recipients recognized at the Forum’s third annual Community Leadership Award Banquet, held on Thursday, May 16 at the Rosenberg Civic Center in Rosenberg, Texas. Since its founding in 2005, the Forum has awarded over $175,000 in scholarships to Fort Bend County students. Fr. Jamie’s first assignment was at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Rosenberg in 1974, where he faithfully served for many years.... Read More

Fr. D'Souza Visits University of St. Thomas to Mark 70th Anniversary

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The University of St. Thomas, in celebration of its 70th anniversary of founding by the Basilian Fathers, invited Fr. Mario D’Souza, CSB to its campus in Houston, Texas to share his knowledge and insight in a series of lectures. On March 8, Fr. D’Souza delivered a lecture based on his recent book, A Catholic Philosophy of Education: The Church and Two Philosophers. The lecture was preceded by a reception hosted by the President’s Office. On March 9, the Initiative for University Excellence hosted a similar lecture for faculty, staff, and students. On March 10, the Center for Thomistic Studies hosted him as... Read More

Kevin Mannara, CSB Shares Significance of Assumption Church in Heritage Matters

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In a special MyOntario edition of Heritage Matters, Kevin Mannara, CSB explores how the term symbolkirchen, a symbol bearing church, applies to Assumption Church. Ontario Heritage Trust invited Ontarians to share stories about places, art and objects, music and poetry with special meaning to them and published some of these stories in its publication. In his article, 'What was and what will be', Kevin Mannara writes, “Assumption Church stood as a symbolkirchen not only for Assumption Catholic Parish, but for the city of Windsor, Ontario and for the Church in Ontario.” Assumption Church has been shuttered since November 2014 due to... Read More

Basilian Scholastics Host Vocation Discernment Retreat Day

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Basilian scholastics welcomed nine young men who were interested in exploring a vocation to religious life in Houston, Texas. The scholastics led a Vocation Discernment Retreat Day at the new Keon House on Saturday, March 4. The day began with morning prayer, and included presentations on discernment, priesthood, religious life and the vows, the history of the Congregation of St. Basil, and the process of Basilian formation.  The day ended with Mass celebrated by Fr. David Bittner, CSB, director of scholastics, in the Keon House Chapel. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="62" gal_title="Vocation Retreat 2017"]... Read More

Basilian Scholastics Attend Los Angeles Religious Education Congress

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For the third year, Basilian scholastics had the opportunity to participate in the largest annual gathering of Catholics in the United States. Basilian scholastics, Oscar Carbajal Garcia, CSB, Steven Huber, CSB, and Kevin Mannara, CSB along with the Fr. Dave Bittner, CSB, director of scholastics, joined over 45,000 Catholics who attended the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California from February 24-26. The conference included 300 workshops by 200 presenters, plus a large exhibit hall, various liturgies, and many cultural opportunities. The scholastics attended a number of workshops including “Fear: the Enemy of Christian Discipleship” and “Franciscan Spirituality of... Read More

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

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

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