Fr. Thomas Dugan, CSB Awarded President's Medal for Service

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Congratulations to Fr. Thomas Dugan, CSB, who was awarded St. John Fisher College’s President's Medal for his Service to the Basilian Missions. The award was presented by President Gerald J. Rooney, at the 63rd Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, May 13 in Rochester, New York. The award recognizes the 50 years he dedicated to parishes in Mexico. Born in Rochester in 1929, Fr. Dugan is a graduate of the Aquinas Institute, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto. He studied theology at St. Basil’s Seminary, also located in Toronto, and was ordained in... Read More

Rain Doesn't Dampen Basil Bowl Spirits

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It was promising all along to be another fun annual Father & Son event at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto, Ontario, with no shortage of games and activities on campus, and no end to the intoxicating aromas and succulent delicacies drawing crowds to the barbecue zone. But it rained, and it was cold. No matter, they came anyway! In fact, they came from as far away as Detroit Catholic Central High School, both Varsity and Junior Varsity lacrosse teams and coaches, to play their brothers at St. Michael’s on Saturday, May 6, in the seventh Basil Bowl of this... Read More

Kevin Mannara, CSB Professes Final Vows and Ordained to the Diaconate

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As a Basilian moves through the process of initial formation, a key moment is the profession of final vows, when he makes a permanent commitment to the Congregation and the Church. The ordination to the diaconate usually follows close upon final profession; a Basilian is ordained to a ministry of service. Kevin Mannara, CSB celebrated these two moments in the Chapel of the Cardinal Flahiff Centre on April 21 and 22, 2017. The vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience were received by Fr. George Smith, CSB, superior general of the Congregation. Bishop Kasun, CSB presided at his first ordination as Kevin... Read More

"St. Basil's Boys" Reunion at the University of Notre Dame

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In the spirited life of the three North American high schools and their united Basil Bowl brotherhood, another first-ever experience has recently been the occasion of proud triumph and happy celebration. On Saturday, April 8, the alumni of Catholic Central High School, St. Michael's College School, and St. Thomas High School, who are currently studying at the University of Notre Dame gathered together for a unique reunion in common that quickly began calling itself “St. Basil's Boys.” Some alumni from each of the three schools had already met each other in their classes, but here was the first opportunity for all... Read More

Watch Live: Mass of Final Profession and Ordination to the Diaconate for Kevin Mannara, CSB

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The Congregation of St. Basil calls Kevin Joseph Victor Mannara, CSB to Final Profession and the Order of Deacon. You’re invited to join the Basilian community and watch these events live online through the Basilian’s YouTube page: Mass of Final Profession – Friday, April 21, 2017 at 4 p.m. EST Ordination to the Diaconate – Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. EST... Read More

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

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