On Wednesday, May 30, over 450 members of the St. Michael's College School community gathered at the Liberty Grand in Toronto, Ontario to honour and officially induct the six newest members into the Order of St. Michael. Hon. Consiglio Di Nino, Jerry Howarth, David Keon, Regis Quinn, Armand Scaini, and Hon. Justice Bryan Shaughnessy, were awarded with the highest honour that St. Michael's College School can bestow upon a community member, and joined a group of over 40 existing members dating back to 1996 when the Order was founded. Leo Rautins was the evening’s emcee and as he welcomed each... Read More.
On May 26, St. Mark's College at the University of British Columbia awarded an honourary doctorate to Father Thomas Rosica, CSB for his role in bringing people closer to Christ and the Catholic faith. The Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa), the institution's highest honour, was conferred by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver and Chancellor of St. Mark's College; Peter Meehan, College President; and Michelle Chang, Board Vice-Chair, at the College's convocation ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia. On May 24, Father Rosica delivered St. Mark’s Carr Lecture on the theme: “Preaching and Communicating in a Franciscan Era:... Read More.
On Thursday, May 10, Parks Canada installed a historical plaque to commemorate the life and work of Father Henry Carr, CSB. In 2012, Parks Canada designated Father Carr as a person of historical significance and a dedication ceremony for the plaque took place on June 4, 2017. Almost a year later, this plaque has been installed at its permanent home on St. Joseph Street, just outside the entrance to Carr Hall. Father James McConica, CSB who initiated the process of recognizing Father Carr was in attendance for the installation, along with a number of descendants of Father Carr’s sister, Mary... Read More.
Steven Huber, CSB received the Holy Order of Deacon with the laying on of hands by Bishop George A. Sheltz, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, on Saturday, May 12, in the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas. To witness this important step in a Basilian’s formation journey were members of his family, including his parents, brothers, sister-in-law, and niece and nephew; Monsignor Bennett Voorhies, the pastor of his home parish, Our Lady of the Annunciation in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Basilian Fathers and Basilian Lay Associates of the Houston Area. The following day, Deacon Huber read... Read More.
On Saturday, May 12, Father Richard Elmer, CSB shared his 90th birthday celebrations with the school that had a profound impact on his life. Over 500 Catholic Central families, alumni, and friends gathered for the 90/90 celebrations of Detroit Catholic Central’s anniversary and Father Elmer's, president emeritus, birthday held at Catholic Central in Novi, Michigan. The evening began with a Mass held in the Chapel, celebrated by Father Elmer and concelebrated by the Basilian Fathers of Novi, with overflow seating connected by a livestream to the cafeteria. After Mass, guests moved to the Robert Santello '58 Gymnasium, where the Mothers'... Read More.
Congratulations to Father George Smith, CSB, who was awarded St. John Fisher College President’s Medal. The award was presented by the College's president, Dr. Gerard J. Rooney, at the 64th Commencement held on Saturday, May 12 in Rochester, New York. The award recognizes his leadership of the Congregation of St. Basil as the Superior General for the past eight years. The College was founded by the Basilians in 1948; and throughout its 70 year history, the Basilians have continued to have a strong presence on campus. Most recently, this relationship has been fostered through many happy occasions including the opening of the... Read More.
On Friday, April 27, the Blue Gaels of St. Michael’s College School travelled to Novi, Michigan to play lacrosse with their brothers the Shamrocks of Detroit Catholic Central High School. This annual and alternating face-off of the crozier sticks (la crosse) dates back to 2009. All lacrosse players and their coaches, along with some parents, celebrated the Eucharist in the Catholic Central chapel with Fathers Jim O’Neill, CSB, Bill Riegel, CSB, and Jeff Thompson, CSB concelebrating at the altar. Mass was followed by a copious lunch and spirited conversation. After a student-led prayer in the CC grotto, the Junior Varsity... Read More.
On Saturday, April 28, the Basilian Centre for Peace and Justice along with other social justice organizations hosted 'Voices for Peace', a conference on Peacemaking for those who are ready to engage, stand up, and be heard. The chapel of the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre was packed to listen to the keynote speakers, Orthodox author, Jim Forest; and Canadian rapper, Shad, who offered a diverse range of insights. The Basilian Centre for Peace and Justice supports the efforts of Christian peacemaker teams around the world, and provides resources and programs for education on peace and justice in schools. Watch: Jim Forest... Read More.
The Blue Scarf Earth Day Walk, sponsored by several social justice organizations including the Basilian Centre for Peace and Justice, raised awareness for the need to protect and connect with our food, land, and water. Over 40 people participated in the walk that was held on Sunday, April 22 and began at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Ontario. This was the first stop of the walk, where Father Bob Holmes, CSB presented on ‘Sacred Earth’, which explored how all things on Earth are interconnected and humans are only a part of the web of life. The walk included five more stops... Read More.
Father Thomas Rosica, CSB is the recipient of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils Touchstone award. The Touchstone award is presented to a priest whose service in the Gospel of Jesus Christ exemplifies the purpose and goals of the Federation: to build bridges; to provide models for communion, brotherhood and solidarity; to affirm each other in the shared priesthood of Jesus Christ. Father Rosica serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation and has served the Vatican as the English-speaking Media Attaché of the Synod of Bishops in 2008, 2012, 2014, and 2015... Read More.
The Basilian Lay Associates of the Rochester Area gathered for the annual day of reflection led by Father Jim Carruthers, CSB. The retreat day was held on Saturday, April 14 at Saint Margret Mary Church in Rochester, New York. Father Carruthers spoke about the Basilians’ history and their spiritual journey. "That the Basilians have lasted 200 years is proof of God's presence among the Congregation,” he said. Father Norman Tanck, CSB also travelled to Rochester to take part in the day. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="181" gal_title="BLA Rochester Retreat 2018"]... Read More.
This year, the Basilian Fathers of Novi invited junior and senior Catholic Central students to participate in vocation evenings. Approximately 20 students came out to each evening that began with dinner at the Basilians’ house with a presentation by Father Patrick Fulton, CSB on how he became a Basilian. "When listening to Father Fulton, I was surprised when he told us that he absolutely did not want to be a priest when he was younger. It is always interesting to see how God sends us down the path we are meant to follow, and it was intriguing to hear Father's... Read More.
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.
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.
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.