Basilian High Schools Transition to Distance Learning

Father Murphy Celebrates Mass through Livestream throughout the lockdown

When the Coronavirus pandemic hit North America in March, schools were closed and administrators and faculty of the Basilian high schools rose to the challenge of providing a Basilian education online. With the end of the school year, administrators at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto, Ontario; St. Thomas High School in Houston, Texas; and Detroit Catholic Central in Detroit, Michigan reflect on their experiences with distance learning. When transitioning to online learning, each school built upon technology that was already integrated in their classrooms and provided teachers with professional development. Teachers and students adapted quickly to a remote classroom... Read More.

Father Eduardo Rivera, CSB Celebrates his First Mass

As the Church celebrated the Ascension of the Lord, Father Eduardo Rivera, CSB celebrated his first Mass at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas on Sunday, May 24. Father Ignacio Olvera Ortiz, a priest with the Diocese of Dallas, gave the homily and shared a story of a student who connected the Ascension of the Lord into Heaven with Jesus working from home: a timely analogy when many are working and learning at home. He was joined by Basilian Fathers and men in formation from the local community in a private Mass to ensure social distancing. Many more... Read More.

Novices Discover Novitiate Life is Not that Different from Social Distancing

Novices working in the garden

The Basilian novitiate in Houston, Texas welcomed novices in August 2019. They will spend one year and a day, as prescribed by canon law, away from friends, family, work, and most things familiar to everyday life so that they may build a strong foundation of prayer and spirituality for the rest of their life as a Basilian. Father Paul English, CSB, director of English-speaking novices, shares some recent highlights: The prayers of the Basilian novices in Houston and of their formators are with people around the world affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The novitiate community is most acutely aware that... Read More.

Basilian Fathers Celebrate the Priestly Ordination of Father Eduardo Rivera, CSB

On May 23, 2020, the Congregation of St. Basil, also known as the Basilian Fathers, celebrated the ordination of Father Eduardo Rivera, CSB. Bishop George Sheltz, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, presided at the Mass of Ordination, held at St. Anne Church in Houston, Texas at 10 a.m. CST. “Each ordination is a cause for our community to come together in celebration and even though we can’t be together physically due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we are nonetheless overjoyed to support Eduardo as he embarks on his priestly ministry,” said Very Reverend Kevin Storey, CSB, Superior General of... Read More.

Basilian Novices in Mexico Begin Pastoral Experience

Residents of the Mexican Novititate

The Basilian novitiate in Tehuacán, Mexico welcomed six novices on July 17, 2019. They will spend one year and a day, as prescribed by canon law, away from friends, family, work, and most things familiar to everyday life so that they may build a strong foundation of prayer and spirituality for the rest of their life as a Basilian. Father Beto Rojas, CSB, director of novices in Mexico, shares this update of events in the novitiate: Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Basilian novices in Mexico began their pastoral experience while maintaining the atmosphere of the novitiate by staying faithful... Read More.

Embracing Hope this Easter Week, Reflection by Father Dennis Noelke, CSB

Father Dennis Noelke, CSB, fourth councilor, offers this reflection on embracing hope this Easter week: On February 26, we began our Lenten journey of 2020. We were signed with ashes as a symbol of our willingness to embark on this journey supported by our traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and good works. A few weeks into the journey, it took an unexpected and never before experienced turn for all of us as we were made aware of the quickly spreading Coronavirus. For me, the traditional practices took on new meaning. Prayer intensified and was focused on seeking God’s... Read More.

Basilian Scholastic Invested with Ministry of Lector in Mexico and Associates Welcomed into the Congregation

On Monday, March 16, the Basilian community in Mexico gathered at the Violetas Provicialate house in Puebla to celebrate two important milestones in the Basilian men in formation's journeys toward priesthood. Father Alejandro Estrada, CSB, second councillor in Mexico, presided over the Mass and preached; and Father Paul Walsh, CSB, director of scholastics in Mexico, installed a Basilian scholastic with minor ministry and formally welcomed the associates in Mexico into the Congregation. Basilian scholastic, Antonio Ibáñez, CSB, was invested with the Minor Ministry of Lector. Prior to ordination to the priesthood, the Church calls young men to the ministries of... Read More.

Basilians Embrace Technology During COVID-19 Lockdown

Basilians have embraced technology to reach their followers during the COVID-19 lockdowns. You can join Basilians as they continue to celebrate Mass while following social distancing measures at their apostolates at the following links: Assumption Catholic Parish While daily Masses have been suspended at Assumption Catholic Parish in Windsor Ontario, parish priests continue to say Daily Mass, Monday to Friday at 8 a.m. and Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. Visit the Assumption Church YouTube Channel to watch. Parish of St. Alphonsus and St. Clare The Basilian Fathers of Edmonton celebrate Mass at the Parish of St. Alphonsus and St. Clare... Read More.

Reflection for Fifth Sunday of Lent

Father John Huber, CSB, second councillor, offers his Basilian confrères a message of hope during these uncertain times in this reflection for the fifth Sunday of Lent: When I was a child, a kind lady down the street used to gather the neighborhood children into her family home once a week to participate in the “Joy Club”, “Joy” standing for “Jesus, then Others, then You”. It was her way of sharing the Gospel with young people. One of the Bible verses my brothers and I memorized during these meetings is contained in this Sunday’s Gospel: “I am the resurrection and... Read More.

Curial Office Hours Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Out of concern for community safety amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Curial Office has reduced its operating hours to 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. with most staff working remotely. During this time, you are encouraged to contact the Curial Office by email at contact@basilian.org.... Read More.

New Book by Father John Gallagher, CSB Examines the Influence of Culture on Evangelization

Father John Gallagher, CSB examines the influence of culture on evangelization in his newest book, A New Dawn, or the Fading of the Light? Culture and Evangelization Today. In the book, he draws on his experience teaching moral theology at the University of St. Michael’s in Toronto, Ontario; St. Joseph’s College in Edmonton, Alberta; and the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. He also served as superior general of the Congregation of St. Basil from 1989-1993. He talks about the inspiration for the book in the following interview: Q. Why did you write this book? A. The notion of... Read More.

90th Birthday Celebrations Bring Together St. John Fisher Community

St. John Fisher College community celebrated the 90th birthday of two beloved and local Basilians, Father Joseph Trovato, CSB and Father Thomas Dugan, CSB, during the weekend of February 22 and 23 in Rochester, New York. There was standing room only in the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great for the Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate Father Trovato's birthday on Sunday, February 23. Father Paul English, CSB presided and concelebrants were Father Dugan, Father Al Cylwick, CSB, Father Kevin Mannara, CSB, Father Morgan Rice, CSB, Father Norman Tanck, CSB, and Father Trovato. Father Tanck preached and in his... Read More.

Formation on Basilian Education Provided to School Administrators through BNENE

The Basilian Network for Education and the New Evangelization (BNENE) brought together presidents and principals of the three North American Basilian high schools as part of ongoing formation on the Basilian approach to Catholic education. The BNENE Committee determined it was important to have the presidents and principals meet on an annual basis to provide an opportunity to get to know one another and engage in dialogue on the issues they face. “Through these meetings, our goal is to establish a strong network of administrators at our three North American high schools that can provide support and fraternity among themselves... Read More.

Basilian Novices Join their Peers in Inter-Community Novitiate Gatherings

Some of the Basilian novices with participants of the Inter-Community Novitiate Gatherings after the Mass celebrating religious life in San Antonio, Texas.

The Basilian novitiate in Houston, Texas welcomed four novices in August 2019. They will spend one year and a day, as prescribed by canon law, away from friends, family, work, and most things familiar to everyday life so that they may build a strong foundation of prayer and spirituality for the rest of their life as a Basilian. Father Paul English, CSB, director of English-speaking novices, shares some of this month's highlights: Another month has come and gone at the novitiate in Houston, Texas. This month, the novices had the opportunity to meditate on the call to care for the... Read More.

Houston Basilian Lay Associates Celebrate Commitment of Three New Members

Houston Basilian Lay Associates welcomed Elizabeth Edwards, Sandi Hedrick, and Tom Hedrick, who made their first commitment to the Congregation. The community celebrated the commitment with a Mass held at St. Anne Parish on the Feast of St. Basil, January 2 and Father David Zapalac, CSB, Houston area ordained coordinator, was the celebrant. Sandi and Tom Hedrick have known the Basilians throughout their entire lives: both are lifelong members of St. Anne Parish, Tom attended St. Thomas High School and they often hosted Tom’s step brother, Father Robert Power, CSB. “My husband and I are recently retired with more time... Read More.